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Bradenton's cold temperatures tie a record

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information about the record low temperature for Dec. 29.

MANATEE -- The mercury dropped to a record low overnight in Bradenton, tying a mark set in 1928.

The low temperature this morning of 31, as recorded by the National Weather Service at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Farther east, the temperature in Myakka City dropped to 27.

Temperatures at SRQ have hit record lows on two consecutive days. On Tuesday, the low at the airport was 27, breaking a 33-year-old record.

“We were surprised,” said farmer Ben King, owner of King Farm Market, along Morgan Johnson Road, east of Bradenton. “Last night was a whole lot colder than anticipated; we were 26 (degrees) here on the Braden River, under freezing for nine hours once again.”

The record-breaking lows are probably over, for now.

Today is forecast to be sunny with a high near 63, with easterly winds of about 8 mph becoming southwesterly, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight, temperatures are expected to drop to about 46, with northerly winds of 7 to 9 mph becoming east-southeasterly. (The record low for Dec. 30 is 31, set in 1961.)

On Thursday, temperatures are forecast to rise to near 73.