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Manatee ties record for 10 straight days of cold

MANATEE — Sick of the deep freeze?

Remember balmy Florida?

It’s coming back.

After tying a record this morning of 10 straight days with overnight temperatures below 40 degrees, temperatures will climb into the upper 50s later today, according to Ernie Jillson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

By Thursday, he’s predicting near 70 degrees, what we Floridians expect in the winter.

“Today, it’s going to feel pretty nice,” said Jillson. “It’ll still be well below normal, the upper 50s, close to 60s. It’s going to feel great, but it’s still 10 degrees below normal.”

The low at Myakka River State Park this morning was 26 degrees; Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport reported 28 degrees, Jillson said.

If the lows dip tonight again below 40 degrees, it will break the record, Jillson said.

“It will be close, but right now, we are forecasting something like 37-38 degrees, so that would do it,” he said.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031 or at

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