A strong cold front is bringing the coldest temperatures of the season to the Tampa Bay area. In her short-term weather discussion, forecaster National Weather Service forecaster Nicole Carlisle says Sunday's high temperatures may not make higher than the 50s. “High pressure shifts eastward on sunday toward the area...so winds will drop off some later in the afternoon and into the nighttime hours. This will allow for a good radiational cooling setup and temperatures are expected to be the coldest that the area has seen so far this season. the current hard freeze watch for northern counties and freeze watch for all other counties except for Pinellas looks good at this time.” Between lows in the 30s and winds gusting up to 20 miles an hour, the wind chills during the Sunday overnight hours could hit the mid 20s.
The seven day forecast calls for a quick warming trend with Monday's high reaching the upper 60s. The week will see a variable mix of conditions with a slight chance of showers showing up by mid-week and hanging around through the weekend.
The pollen count continues to be a problem for allergy sufferers with Sunday's level pushing into the red “high” level. The big problems according to Pollen.com is Juniper, followed by Oak . Living in Tampa Bay gives us the ability to call relatives in cold-weather climates and gloat about wearing sandals and shorts, but an unusually warm winter means an early and robust allergy season.