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Cold front brings cooler temperatures to Tampa Bay this week

The weather will drop into the low-40s and high-30s in some areas at night.
Ebony Fisher, 26, braves the cold weather while walking to work in downtown Tampa in this 2018 photo. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Ebony Fisher, 26, braves the cold weather while walking to work in downtown Tampa in this 2018 photo. OCTAVIO JONES | Times

It might be time for Floridians to break out their winter jackets.

Monday morning around 3 a.m., a few rain showers left the grass wet and brought cooler air for the morning drive.

That cooler weather will last for much of the work week, according to meteorologist Stephen Shiveley of the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will not pass the mid-60s today and are expected to drop slowly throughout the day and into Tuesday.

“Most of us will see temperatures in the low 40s tonight, and Pasco County and areas in the north can see temperatures in the high-30s," Shiveley said.

"Tuesday should be the coldest morning we have. It’ll feel comfortable after Tuesday.”

Expect temperatures to drop into the upper-50s around 4 p.m. today.

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The cold front is associated with the first significant winter storm plaguing the northeast. Ezekiel has brought gusty winds, ice, sleet, and more than a foot of snow to some states.

But according to Shiveley, it’s also a part of Tampa Bay’s natural downward trend toward colder temperatures.

“We’ll have a reinforcing shot of cold weather this Wednesday morning, but it’s a dry front, so you’re not going to notice much," he said.

"We’ll jump back on Thursday to the mid-70s.”

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