MANATEE -- Temperatures in Bradenton stayed above freezing overnight, but it did get colder in eastern portions of Manatee County, according weather forecasters.
Before midnight, temperatures stayed above 40, but by just before sunrise at 6:53 a.m., the mercury dropped to 37 degrees at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.
In Myakka City, in East Manatee, the low temperature dropped to 31, 1 degree below freezing, according to WeatherUnderground.com.
Tonight was expected to be just as frigid, if not before, as most of the Tampa Bay area -- including Manatee County -- remains under a hard freeze warning until 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Other counties affected are: Citrus; De Soto; DeSoto; Hardee; Hernando; Highlands; Hillsborough; Levy; Pasco; Polk; Sarasota; and Sumter, according to the weather service.
After a forecast high of 52 today, temperatures were expected to drop to 30 in Bradenton and 21 in Myakka City, according to the National Weather Service.
But we are heading into a warming trend, with highs in Bradenton forecast to hit 57 on Wednesday and 71 on Thursday, according to the weather service.