Forecast high for Friday through Sunday is 81 degrees with lows around 69.
Wednesday morning’s chilly temperatures will be gone by afternoon, as thermometers climb back up into the low 60s and keep going up until they reach the low 80s this weekend.
That’s good news for Floridians unaccustomed to the bitter bite of wintertime wind chills nearing freezing or below. Cold night shelters were open Monday and Tuesday night and Pinellas County residents clad themselves in jackets, hats and gloves.
According to the real time weather center at Pinellas County’s Emergency Operation’s Center in Clearwater, the temperature dropped to just under 35 degrees with a wind chill of less than 25 by early Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s high didn’t quite make it to 47 degrees.
National Weather Service said Wednesday morning temperatures would again drop to about 35 with wind chills values making it feel even colder. By Wednesday afternoon, temperatures should warm up to the mid-60s. Overnight, temperatures are forecast to be around 56 degrees.
On Thursday, all the cold-weather gear can go back into the closet with a forecast high of 75 and lows around 69 degrees. There is a 30 percent chance of rain.
Forecast high for Friday through Sunday is 81 degrees with lows around 69. There is a 20 percent chance of rain every day through Tuesday. The warmth continues into the start of the workweek with forecast highs of 75 degrees for Monday and Tuesday.