After a cold start to end of workweek, Tampa Bay area residents can put away the jackets and sweaters in time to enjoy this weekend's many outdoor activities.
A cold front and stiff northerly winds have driven down temperatures today, more than a 20-degree drop in the last 24 hours, Storm Team 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
Highs will only reach the high-60s to low-70s today under cloudy skies.
After overnight lows in the low- to mid-50s, temperatures will climb back into the mid-70s Saturday, providing pleasant – though cloudy - conditions for the Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard, and the Black Heritage Street Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
"At times it will be a little more cloudy than others," Spann said, "but you will see some sunshine and a nice breeze out there."
The clouds will linger through the weekend, Spann said, with a minimal chance for rain.
Another cold front will arrive on Monday but is not expected to bring much rain. Monday's highs on Martin Luther King Day should only reach the low-70s, Spann said.