This past weekend across Tampa Bay turned out to be rather cool. Both days were mostly sunny, but temperatures stayed below normal each afternoon. After morning lows on Saturday ranging from 48 degrees at MacDill Air Force Base to 62 degrees in St. Petersburg, highs climbed into the lower and middle 70s across the area.
Temperatures cooled a bit further behind the front that passed through Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon, which set the stage for a rather brisk Sunday afternoon. After morning lows ranging from 44 degrees at MacDill Air Force Base to 55 degrees in St. Petersburg, highs only climbed into the upper 60s and lower 70s by Sunday afternoon.
The coldest night with this current cold spell will be Sunday night and into Monday morning. Freeze Warnings have been issued as far south as Hernando County, which is approximately an hour north of Tampa Bay. Patchy frost is also possible over areas to the south and east of the Freeze Warnings, where the normally colder locations may briefly dip into the middle 30s.
While it will be another chilly morning on Monday for areas closer to Tampa Bay, temperatures should remain warm enough to prevent the formation of any patchy frost.
Weather for Monday through Wednesday
After a cold start to the morning on Monday around Tampa Bay, temperatures will warm significantly by the middle of the afternoon. Morning lows will range from 38 degrees over northern and eastern locations to around 55 degrees along the coast. Highs on Monday will top out between 68 and 75 degrees under mostly sunny skies.
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will start of substantially warmer across the area, and the afternoon temperatures will return to normal to even slightly above normal readings for late November across Tampa Bay. An isolated light shower cannot be ruled out as the next frontal boundary approaches the area, but overall skies will remain partly cloudy.
Morning lows on Tuesday and Wednesday will range from 55 to 65 degrees, with afternoon highs climbing to between 75 and 82 degrees.
Outlook for Thursday through Sunday
Temperatures will cool ever so slightly behind the front that moves through Tampa Bay on Wednesday, so afternoon readings for the period of Thursday through Sunday may be a bit lower. Still, the approaching air mass behind this frontal boundary should be significantly milder than the temperatures experienced around the area over the weekend.
Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy all four days, and the coverage of rain should be no higher than 10 percent. After morning lows between 52 and 62 degrees, highs will climb to between 72 and 80 degrees all four afternoons.
Links for further forecast details
For further forecast details, visit the local National Weather Service website, the Storm Team 8 Facebook page, and Meteorologist Denis Phillips Facebook page.