Jan 28, 2022 - News

Tampa Bay likely to hit coldest temperatures since 2018 this weekend

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Brace for cold, friends: A strong northern front led by rain and gusty wind is expected to send temperatures tanking this weekend, possibly to the coldest levels since 2018.

  • Bay News 9 meteorologist Nick Merianos warns the temperature will "plummet."
  • Fox 13's Paul Dellegatto says Sunday morning will be a "popsicle."

What's happening: An arctic surge will bring wet weather today, followed by cold, dry Canadian air that could lead to a freeze Saturday night or into Sunday.

  • Temps are expected to drop so low that counties around Tampa Bay are planning to open emergency shelters for those in need of warmth.

Merianos' forecast lows on Sunday morning:

  • St. Pete: 32
  • Tampa: 29
  • Lakeland: 25
  • Bradenton: 30
  • Wesley Chapel: 29
  • Lakewood Ranch: 33

πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈ If you're going to Gasparilla: Layer up! Our colleagues at Axios Twin Cities tell us that on sub-freezing days, they wear leggings under their jeans, then a sweatshirt on top layered with a coat and other winter gear.

  • Advice from a place that considers 30 degrees nice: "EMBRACE IT. Bundle up and get moving."

πŸƒ If you're a runner, our friend Linh at Axios Des Moines says less is more: "Around 31, I wear gloves, a headband to cover my ears, leggings, thick socks, a long t-shirt and a light jacket."

πŸͺ΄ Protect your plants: If temps drop below freezing where you live, move potted plants indoors.

🐾 Bring your pets inside: Just like people, Florida pets aren't used to the cold.πŸ”₯

Beware of space heaters: People die every winter in fires touched off by space heaters that tip over or are placed next to flammables. Do not be one.

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