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Temperatures a taste of colder weather coming before 'gorgeous' weekend

Visitors on St. Pete Beach near the Loews Don CeSar Hotel were able to shed their windbreakers by 9 a.m. Thursday as temperatures rose and the winds subsided.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Visitors on St. Pete Beach near the Loews Don CeSar Hotel were able to shed their windbreakers by 9 a.m. Thursday as temperatures rose and the winds subsided.

With low temperatures expected to fall into the 40s in some areas over the coming days, it might be time to break out that autumn jacket.

Cool air chasing a cold front through the Tampa Bay region will bring drier conditions and temperatures well below seasonal averages, forecasters said.

Early risers awoke to cooler temperatures than the region has seen in months, with recorded lows in the high 50s in Tampa and St. Petersburg and 53 in Brooksville.

It's going to get even colder.

"If you think this morning is cool, just wait for tomorrow and Saturday," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Expect temperatures to dip to the low to mid 50s in Tampa and St. Petersburg and high 40s in Pasco and Hernando counties early Friday, meteorologists said.

A northwest wind blowing through the area since Wednesday will die down by Thursday afternoon and make for "gorgeous" weekend days, Marquez said.

Over the weekend, the Tampa Bay area should see sunny days with high temperatures in the 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

As the weekend wraps up, weather will return to normal — average lows for this time of year hover around high 60s, NWS meteorologist Nicole Carlisle said.

Although chilly, this week's temperatures will remain well above records — the coldest October measurement recorded showed 40 degree weather on Oct. 21, 1964.

Temperatures a taste of colder weather coming before 'gorgeous' weekend 10/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:58am]
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