A Freeze Watch Still In Effect for the Tampa Bay Area:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Keep the jackets handy.
Chilly temperatures across the state Tuesday will plummet into freezing weather Tuesday night and into Wednesday, forecasters say.
Meteorologists say Tampa will struggle to hit 30 degrees. Strawberry capitol Plant City is supposed to reach only 23 degrees and northern counties will likely drop into the teens. Even South Florida will see cold temperatures in the 40s.
Strawberry farmers in central Florida will be up all night to turn on sprinklers to spray water on the tender fruit. The water will freeze and provide insulation for the fruit.
Meanwhile, emergency officials are opening cold weather shelters for the homeless and other needy people who don’t have heat in their homes.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 49. Wind chill values as low as 29 early. North wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 29. North northeast wind around 7 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Northeast wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. North northwest wind between 3 and 7 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. North northwest wind between 3 and 5 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind between 3 and 7 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Source: 10 News