Forecast: Brrr! Frigid blast takes hold over Tampa Bay, for one more day

Brisk conditions will remain in effect over Tampa Bay for Martin Luther King Day, but warmer weather is on the way. aAother round of cold, however, will arrive in time for Gasparilla weekend.
Published Jan. 21, 2019

Sunday's quickly plunging temperatures have carried into Martin Luther King Jr. Day as frigid conditions (for Tampa Bay, at least) have settled into the region.

For now, at least, as a warming trend will take highs back to near 80 by midweek before another front provides a repeat of this weekend -- and more chilly temperatures for Gasparilla parade and invasion, according to the National Weather Service.

Folks heading to the various MLK Day celebrations across Tampa Bay will definitely want to wear some winter gear. Most of the region is waking up to temperatures in the upper 30s, while coastal areas are in the low 40s under clear skies.

A high pressure system over the eastern half of the country is firmly in control over Tampa Bay, and will extend our chill if only for today, forecasters said. Temperatures will largely be in the 50s, the brisk feel enhanced by northerly breezes -- though much calmer than Sunday's whipping winds -- and will only barely eclipse 60 later in the afternoon.

Overnight lows, however, only will drop into the upper 40s to near 50 in the immediate Tampa Bay area as warmer weather and moist air moves in as winds shift from the south. Highs will be near 70 on Tuesday and back to 80 on Wednesday before another front brings rain -- and possible thunderstorms -- on Thursday and more cooler temperatures heading into the weekend.

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