Get out your coats, Tampa Bay.
After a mostly-mild Thanksgiving, early models show Tampa Bay temperatures could reach the mid 40s when December starts, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure.
That would be the coldest weather in 2020 since February — that’s almost nine months ago.
Thanksgiving Day will have a high of 83 and a low of 66 on Thursday with a 10 percent chance of rain. A cold front will bring cool air to most of the southeast U.S. on Thanksgiving but will miss us to the north, McClure said.
However, the bay area won’t have to wait long for a new front to reach the region.
The next cold front expected to reach Tampa Bay will arrive after the weekend when it rolls in overnight Monday. The projected high on Tuesday could be as cool as 66 degrees for the first time this fall, said McClure. There could be some showers Monday as the front moves in but the rain will be gone by Tuesday, which is expected to be the coldest day of next week.
Afternoon temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the mid-50s, McClure said.
“We’ll have a big blast of cold air on Monday and into Tuesday,” McClure said. “It’ll be the biggest blast of cold air we’ve seen in a long, long time.”
The cold will likely come as a pleasant surprise to Tampa Bay, which has been on course for its warmest year on record, according to the National Weather Service. Tampa tied its hottest day on record on June 26 when a thermometer at Tampa International Airport reached 99 degrees.