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Cold fronts will bring below-average temperatures to Tampa Bay

Following the hottest October in history, things might finally cool during the second week of November.
The St. Petersburg waterfront shines in the morning sun. Cool, dry weather is forecast to continue well into the week.
The St. Petersburg waterfront shines in the morning sun. Cool, dry weather is forecast to continue well into the week.
Published Nov. 8, 2019

If you’ve been holding out hope that things might finally cool across Tampa Bay, this might be your week.

A pair of cold fronts, one arriving Friday afternoon and another early Wednesday morning, will keep temperatures at or below normal for the next week, if not longer, according to the National Weather Service.

Ordinarily, normal temperatures wouldn’t be much cause to rejoice. But after experiencing the hottest October on record, November has continued the trend of running hot. After a brief cold front dropped temperatures to normal for a day or two last weekend, temps quickly shot back up to the middle and upper 80s, well above the average of around 80.

This weekend though, things get much cooler.

“It’ll be a little chillier than we’ve experienced,” Weather Service forecaster Dustin Norman said. “We might not break out of 80 degrees, which will be a little different for us.”

The first front should come in around Friday afternoon. It’ll bring some showers but, overall, not a significant amount of rain, Norman said. Rain chances will climb heading into the evening and overnight with an increasing chance for a thunderstorm to pop up, mostly east of Interstate 75.

Behind that rain comes the cooler, drier air. Some showers could linger through Saturday morning, but the temperature will drop to the middle and lower 60s before sunrise. As temperatures warm in the afternoon, they shouldn’t even make it to 80, topping off closer to 77 degrees.

Sunday morning will get even cooler, with an overnight low around 60 and afternoon high of 80.

Norman said those conditions should hold until Wednesday, when another cold front swings through. The Nature Coast should see the most cooling, but Tampa Bay will ride out the week somewhere in the 70s, depending on the front’s strength.

“For once, we should see below average temperature for a few days there,” Norman said.

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