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Remember winter? The biggest cold front of season will hit Tampa Bay on Monday.

Enjoy the warmth while you can. Bay area temperatures could drop as low as the 30s when a cold front comes rolling in next week.
Insulated with blue jeans, a coat, sweatshirt and hat, Richard LaBelle, of Dunedin, crosses the main span at the Dunedin Causeway on Dec. 3, 2019 while temperatures were at 46 degrees. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
Insulated with blue jeans, a coat, sweatshirt and hat, Richard LaBelle, of Dunedin, crosses the main span at the Dunedin Causeway on Dec. 3, 2019 while temperatures were at 46 degrees. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes]
Published Jan. 16

Did your winter coats get next-to-no use throughout December and the start of the year? Go grab them now.

Forecasters predict Tampa Bay’s biggest cold front of the season will roll in Monday and last throughout much of next week, potentially bringing frost and dropping lows into the 30s.

Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure said Wednesday that the front is coming because of a change in the jet stream that will send cold weather directly from Canada into Florida — and potentially as far south as Cuba.

Before the cold front arrives, enjoy the weekend weather that calls for temps in the 70s, McClure said.

Saturday will be “beautiful” and Sunday will be rainy, McClure said. Then Tampa Bay residents will feel an “abrupt change” in the weather, with temperatures plummeting overnight. The prediction calls for highs will to dip into the 50s and low 60s from Monday through Thursday.

“It’s not going to be a gradual change,” McClure said. “Everybody will know immediately when the cold front comes through.”

Cooler weather would be a change of pace for Tampa Bay, which has so far experienced a warm winter. The first half of January in Tampa has had an average temperature of 68, which is eight degrees warmer than the annual average. The coldest temperature of the month so far was 48 on Jan. 7.

While it’s hard to forecast the weather more than 10 days out, McClure said the cold weather could go past next Thursday.

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