Winter-like temperatures will be felt across the Tampa Bay area overnight into Saturday morning. A freeze warning is in effect for Pasco, Hernando, and Sumter counties from 2am until 9am on Saturday. Gusty northwest winds will continue to usher in the coldest air of the season with lows dropping into the upper 20's and low 30's for portions of the Nature Coast, upper 30's and low 40's for interior areas, and mid to upper 40's for southern coastal zones. The strong northwest winds will continue to push a decent swell toward the coast resulting in 4 - 6 feet surf in the Gulf. The risk for rip currents also remains high.
On Sunday we will begin a warming trend as high pressure shifts east resulting in winds veering to the east and eventually to the southeast. High temperatures will climb into the upper 70's by Christmas Day. Another strong cold front will move through the forecast area on Wednesday, bringing with it a 30% chance of showers and storms.
Overnight Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 62. Wind chill values as low as 32 early. North wind 8 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. North northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the morning.
Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. South southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Christmas Day Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South southeast wind 7 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56.
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 65.
Watches and Warnings:
FREEZE WATCH FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY
MORNING FOR CITRUS-HERNANDO-LEVY-PASCO-SUMTER.
FREEZE WARNING FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EST SATURDAY FOR CITRUS-
WIND CHILL ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM EST
SATURDAY FOR CHARLOTTE-CITRUS-DESOTO-HARDEE-HERNANDO-
HIGH SURF ADVISORY UNTIL 7 AM EST SATURDAY FOR CHARLOTTE-
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 10 AM EST SATURDAY FOR BONITA
BEACH TO ENGLEWOOD OUT 20 NM-BONITA BEACH TO
ENGLEWOOD OUT 20 TO 60 NM-ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS
OUT 20 NM-ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS OUT 20 TO 60 NM-
TAMPA BAY WATERS-TARPON SPRINGS TO SUWANNEE RIVER OUT
20 NM-TARPON SPRINGS TO SUWANNEE RIVER OUT 20 TO 60