A climate map on Monday lit up blue across nearly the entire country indicating below-average temperatures. Only one state stuck out as a fiery orange among the sea of blue — Florida.
But the tide will turn Thursday when blues and greens will creep into Florida and the Tampa Bay area, signaling a significant drop in temperatures. Tampa Bay is expected to fall about 10 degrees below normal near the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
On Thursday, highs around Tampa Bay will be in the upper 60s and the lows will be in the mid- to upper 40s in some areas, according to Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay Office.
A high pressure system will push polar air from Canada down to Florida, and the cooler air will approach Tampa Bay on Tuesday. However, the cooler temperatures won’t start until around Wednesday afternoon, Wynn said.
“It’s pretty typical for this time of year to get a significant cold front every five to seven days,” Wynn said. “So that’s going to continue for the next three months.”
The cooler weather won’t stick around too long. On Saturday, temperatures will begin to tick up, and by Sunday the high will be in the mid-70s. The rest of next week will likely remain in the mid-70s, just in time for Thanksgiving activities.
The cold front comes as a relief from November’s above-average temperatures. November’s average temperature for the Tampa Bay area is about 76 degrees. However, the month’s average this year is about 81 degrees, Wynn said.
“The last four days have been closer to the average, but (in) the beginning of November we were between five and 10 degrees above normal,” Wynn said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said much of winter will be warmer than average for Florida. For the third year in a row, the country is experiencing a La Niña weather pattern, which typically brings colder temperatures and above-average rainfall to the northern part of the U.S. and higher-than-average temperatures and less rain to the South.