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Weather warms this week after a chilly morning in Tampa Bay

Temperatures dropped to the low end of normal this morning, but things warm as the week goes on.
Shelley Morgan, of Clearwater, keeps herself warm with a jacket and towel while searching for druzy, deposits of fine crystals Morgan says are found in voids on chert, a hard, fine-grained sedimentary rock composed of crystals of quartz, which lay exposed during low tide on Thursday, January 30, 2020, on the Dunedin Causeway. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Punxsutwaney Phil might’ve predicted an early start to spring when he missed his shadow this weekend, but it sure didn’t feel that way in Tampa Bay this morning.

Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said temperatures around the Tampa Bay area dipped below normal Monday morning, even reaching the 30s over some inland spots thanks to clear skies and calm wind.

The slight dip won’t last long, he said. Monday’s afternoon highs should warm to seasonal norms, making it to around 70 degrees. Tuesday’s overnight won’t be as cold, with temperatures only getting into the low 40s and 50s, before a mostly sunny day warms the region once again.

Linker said warming will continue through Thursday, when high temperatures could hit 80 again, but will drop over the weekend as an inbound cold front drops high temperatures back to the 60s.

While 70 might be considered “normal” for this time of year, Linker pointed out that the number is more of an average. True “normal” temperatures for this time of year have more swings. It’s rare to have five days in a row with 70-degree weather. There’ll be a few mild days, a couple warm and some chilly.

Over time, those days all average out to get that 70 number. The pattern we’re in now is just business as usual.

“There’s nothing unusual about this at all,” Linker said.