After weeks of relatively warm conditions, Tampa Bay will be in for some cooler weather as winter officially begins this week.
A cold front will move into the region Tuesday morning, dropping temperatures slightly to the mid and upper 70s in the afternoon, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.
On Tuesday night, temperatures will drop intwo the mid 50s. By Wednesday morning, conditions will continue in the 50s for most of Tampa Bay, but areas in Hernando and Pasco could see temperatures dip even lower into the 40s.
The cold front will be brief, Marquez said, with temperatures rising into the 70s by Wednesday afternoon.
A second cold front will move in Thursday night, bringing with it a 40 percent chance of rain Thursday and a 30 percent chance Friday morning.
On Friday, the first day of winter, temperatures will dip even lower into the 60s, then continue to decline into the mid 40s on Saturday morning. Some areas in Pasco and Hernando may see temperatures in the 30s, Marquez said.
By Christmas Day, conditions are expected to warm up again, Marquez said, with temperatures in the low 70s on Dec. 25.