MANATEE — Manatee County was under a freeze watch tonight, with low temperatures forecast to dip into the 20s in some inland areas, according to the National Weather Service.
Wednesday morning lows are expected to be in the 40s along the coast, said Tom Dougherty, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
This is the second wintry cold spell the region has experienced.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high at about 55 degrees and winds at 5 to 10 mph.
“Wednesday night is going to be clear, patchy frost is possible and low temperatures will be a little bit colder at 35 degrees near the coast and 25 degrees inland,” Dougherty said. “That will be our coldest night and early Thursday morning. By early Thursday afternoon, it should be more pleasant with temperatures in the low 60s. It should start warming up after that.”
Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s Friday and reach 75 degrees by Saturday and Sunday.
During the cold weather spells, residents should remember to use caution when using space heaters and keep them away from flammable materials such as curtains. Smoke alarms should be tested to make sure they are properly working. Pets and plants should be brought inside to protect against frost. Outdoor plants should be covered.