No crop damage reported in Manatee; more cold weather tonight

MANATEE — Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s and low 30s tonight and last into Wednesday morning, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

“Tonight, closer to the coast it will be in the mid 30s. As you get farther inland, we’re looking at temperatures in the upper 20s and possibly 30 degrees,” said Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist for National Weather Service based in Ruskin.

“That holds true for both Manatee and Sarasota counties.”

Ben and Shelby King own the 220-acre King Farm in Myakka. They have spent much of the past day covering up crops, mainly tomatoes, with tarps and frost cloth.

“Last night we covered a majority of the crops that are sensitive to cold and they seemed to pull through OK. It only got to 36. It didn’t get as bad as we thought it might. We’ll be covering more today,” Shelby King said this morning.

According to Bay News 9, the low temperature in Bradenton overnight was 35, and 37 in Lakewood Ranch.

The record low for this time of year was 30 degrees in 1937 at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, according to the National Weather Service website.

Highs today are expected to reach about 60 degrees, Carlisle said.

Temperatures are expected to warm up by Thursday morning.