Freeze warning issued for Manatee County

MANATEE -- The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Manatee County and surrounding areas for tonight.

The current forecast has tonight's low hitting 37, but with 10 mph winds from the northwest making it feel about 30. The chill will continue into Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast high for Tuesday is 58, but with 10 mph winds making it feel about 30, especially earlier in the day. The low Tuesday is forecast to be 38.

The freeze warning was issued at 3:50 a.m. today and was set to expire at 9 a.m. Tuesday. A freeze watch extends until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Both advisories cover De Soto; DeSoto; Hardee; Hernando; Highlands; Hillsborough; Lee; Manatee; Pasco; Polk; and Sarasota counties. Sumter County also is covered by the freeze watch.

A more severe "hard freeze" warning extends until Tuesday morning for Citrus, Levy and Sumter counties north of Tampa Bay.

In Manatee, forecasters say Wednesday will see a high of 58 and low of 37. For Thursday, forecasters are predicting a high of 64, and a high of 69 on Friday. By Saturday, high temperatures will again be into the 70s and lows in the 50s.

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