PINELLAS COUNTY – Anyone going out tonight or early in the morning should dress warmly, the National Weather Service advises.
The NWS issued a wind chill advisory which is in effect from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Officials said that cold air across west central and southwest Florida tonight and in the morning, combined with moderately northerly winds in the 5 to 10 mph range over inland areas and 10 mph along the immediate coast will produce low wind chill readings.
Wind chill values are expected to drop into the lower to mid 20s over the nature coast and from around 30 to 35 across the remainder of west central and southwest Florida overnight.
NWS advises people venturing out Monday night or Tuesday morning to wear several layers of clothing, which provide more insulation than a single coat or jacket.
Pinellas County officials said Monday afternoon that there were no plans to open cold weather shelters.
Red flag warning
The NWS also issued a red flag warning until 6 p.m. on Monday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Officials said a dry air mass over the region would produce long durations of four or more hours of very low relative humidity on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
A red flag warning is issued when conditions become very favorable for the spread of wildfires.