An unseasonably warm February featuring temperatures about 9 degrees above normal should give way to colder this weekend, ushering in the first of three possible cold fronts this February, according to meteorologists.
The first cool front will move into the area Friday night and into Saturday morning, bringing showers and light rain and leaving behind much cooler temperatures, according to Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay.
Friday's high is forecast to hit 75. Saturday should only get into the high 60s and Sunday's highs should stay in the upper-50s, Clay said.
Monday morning could see freezing temperatures across the northern parts of Tampa Bay. The rest of the region could see temperatures in the lower 40s.
As of Wednesday, the average temperature at the Tampa International Airport was 8.8 degrees above the normal temperature of 62.1 degrees for the month.
"Unbelievable," said Clay, noting the high temperature this month was 84 degrees.
That average could drop significantly with the impending cooler weather, Clay said.
Besides this weekend's cold front, another one is likely late next week. Clay also said long-range forecasts show a third system possibly coming through the region at the end of the month.