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It was the coldest start to a year on record for much of Tampa Bay

The first three months of 2010 were the coldest start of a year on record for most of Tampa Bay, the National Weather Service announced Friday.

Temperatures were six to eight degrees below normal for that period, meteorologists found.

It was the coldest start St. Petersburg has seen since records were first kept in 1914. The average temperature was 57.7 degrees, about seven degrees below average.

Brooksville and Plant City also had record-breaking starts, the National Weather Service said.

In Tampa, the average was 57.2 degrees this year, just a third of a degree shy of beating 1958's record chill.

This weekend's weather should make that seem a distant memory.

Expect dry, sunny weather in the 80s and find something to do outside.

An afternoon sea breeze means it will be cooler on the coast but warmer inland, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Mike Clay.

And rain chances? Not until Thursday.

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It was the coldest start to a year on record for much of Tampa Bay 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 11:58am]
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