MANATEE — After so many days of mild autumn weather, Manatee County was due for a cold blast and it’s getting it Wednesday, said Brian McClure a Bay News 9 meteorologist.
“It’s a classic cold front,” McClure said Tuesday of the front that originated in the high plains of the United States and the central prairie of Canada and chugged into Manatee and Sarasota counties early Wednesday. “It’s coming through Canada and making its way through. It will be quick. Wednesday cool and Thursday beginning to warm up.”
Morning temperatures will steadily rise Wednesday through Sunday from the high 50s and low 60s to the upper 60s, said Richard Rude of the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
Afternoon temperatures will warm from the low 70s to the mid-80s, Rude added.“A little blast like this is only noticeable because we have been so beautiful,” McClure said.Besides the morning chills the next few days, the front will bring breezy conditions all day, with a northeast wind at 15 to 20 mph, Rude said.
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“We have a small craft advisory near shore on Wednesday and a gale warning beyond 20 miles,” Rude said. “That will continue through part of Wednesday and we are not certain when we can lower it.”The winds are the result of strong high pressure behind the front, Rude added.
Bay News 9 forecasts Wednesday to warm only to 69 degrees on Anna Maria Island along with 74 degrees in Sarasota, 73 in Lakewood Ranch and 73 in Bradenton.
Wednesday will start off with a low in the upper 50s and reach highs in the lower 70s. Thursday will also feature morning temperatures in the upper 50s warming to upper 70s.
Friday will start in the lower 60s and reach 80 by the afternoon.
Saturday and Sunday will starts in the upper 60s and rise to the mid-80s.
Rude forecasts a 20 percent chance of rain ending Wednesday at daybreak. There will be no rain chances again until Friday and through the weekend with 40 percent chances of a sprinkle during the day and 20 percent at night, Rude said.
Manatee and Sarasota counties can look forward to a winter that will be neither mild or severe, Rude said.“Right now, we are looking at a close to normal winter,” Rude said.