Forecast: Hillsborough spring break begins with cold breezes, scattered showers

Seven-day forecast for Monday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay.
Seven-day forecast for Monday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay.
Published March 12
Updated March 12

Itís spring break for Hillsborough public schools, but the week is getting off with a rough start.

Instead of sunny, clear skies and warm weather, students and teachers begin their week with scattered showers followed by gusty northerly winds.

It certainly wonít be beach weather, as temperatures will struggle to reach the mid to upper 60s, with lows plunging into the upper 40s before warming trend brings highs back to 80 by Sunday, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory to begin at noon Monday for many counties in the bay area, including Hillsborough coastal regions. Shore waters will be higher and more violent today as the winds pick up, posing a threat to the safety of beach-goers. This advisory is scheduled to end around the early morning on Tuesday.

A cold front pushing across west, central and southwest Florida has scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms across the bay area for morning commuters. These storms will be more frequent for residents near shore because the warm water reacts to the cold front, forecasters said.

These storms should clear up by the late afternoon, giving way a partly cloudy day with a high around 72 and lows dropping into the upper 40s. Strong winds around 15-20 mph will develop well into the evening.

While those highs will stick in the upper 60s through Thursday, temperatures will pick up by Saturday when temperatures return to the mid-70s.

By Sunday, temperatures should inch their way back to the lower 80s, forecasters said.

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