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Cold front could drop Tampa Bay temps into the 40s this week

The front is expected to reach our region on Thursday night and bring cooler-than-usual temps through Sunday evening.
Clouds are reflected in the water Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Ozona. After a warm start to the week, a cold front is expected to bring highs into the low 70s through Sunday.
Clouds are reflected in the water Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Ozona. After a warm start to the week, a cold front is expected to bring highs into the low 70s through Sunday. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Mar. 17
Updated Mar. 17

While the throng of spring breakers suggests otherwise, Florida isn’t quite done with cool temperatures for the season.

A cold front is expected to enter Tampa Bay on Thursday evening and drop temperatures in Hernando and Citrus counties into the upper 40s by Friday, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay.

The front will ensure highs for our region won’t eclipse 75 until Monday — where the high is currently set at 78. Until then, the high will dip from 82 Thursday to 70 on Friday, followed by a low of 72 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday.

The lows for each day will be in the 50s — with our region’s northern counties dipping into the upper 40s on Friday, Clay said.

Preceding the cold will be some rain, however. There will be a 40 percent chance of rain on Thursday and Friday, according to Clay.

The National Weather Service says there is a marginal chance that our area will experience severe weather. We’re not expected to experience conditions like the rest of the southeast — where tornado watches and warnings were in effect Wednesday and are expected to remain into Thursday.

The weekend weather should be near perfect, according to Clay, as no rain expected for either day and temperatures will mainly be in the 60s.