ST. PETERSBURG -- Showers and thunderstorms are likely Monday as an approaching cold front will bring the coldest temperatures of the fall so far.
According to Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez, showers and storms in north Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico are moving to the east.
"That colder air is diving southward," Marquez said. "And we have a lot of moisture moving this way that will allow for more clouds and showers and storms."
There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today, especially our northern Bay area counties. There is also the potential for some locally heavy rain.
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A cold front will come through the Bay area tonight. It will become windy and much colder. The coldest air of the season is expected by Tuesday when Bay area temperatures could stay in the 50s all day.
On Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, a hard freeze watch will be in effect for Citrus County. A freeze watch will be in effect for Hernando County.
Temperatures in these two counties could drop to the upper 20s to low 30s for several hours. For the immediate Bay area, temperatures will be in the mid 30s to low 40s, depending on cloud cover and wind speed.