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An unseasonably chilly day in Tampa Bay, warming toward the weekend

The skies were expected to be sunny or mostly sunny with calm winds through Saturday.

Temperatures in the Tampa Bay area will remain well below normal under clear skies through Thursday, warming up to normal on Friday then hitting an unseasonably high 80 during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Bill Wick, of Palm Harbor, enjoys a brisk walk on Clearwater Beach, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, where temperatures hovered at 46 degrees at sunrise.
Bill Wick, of Palm Harbor, enjoys a brisk walk on Clearwater Beach, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, where temperatures hovered at 46 degrees at sunrise. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

The normal high and low for December is 72 and 61, according to the Weather Service, but Wednesday was expected to rise no higher than 65 with a low overnight of 51. The forecast for Thursday was 72 and 51, then 73 and 56 Friday, 78 and 62 Saturday and 80 and 61 Sunday.

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The skies were expected to be sunny or mostly sunny with calm winds through Saturday with a rain chance of 20 percent appearing Sunday afternoon.

In surrounding counties — Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Polk — a frost advisory was in effect until 8 a.m. as temperatures dropped into the 30s and 40s, Spectrum Bay News 9 reported.

Here are some of the morning lows reported Wednesday: Brooksville 29, Crystal River 30, Inverness 32, Zephyrhills 32, Bartow 36, Brandon 37, Lakeland 37, Plant City 39, Winter Haven 40, MacDill Air Force Base 44, Tampa 45, Clearwater 45, Bradenton 46, and the St. Petersburg airport 51.

Boating conditions were expected to improve Wednesday with lighter winds, north to northwest around 10 knots and seas ranging from one to three feet with a light chop.

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