Manatee hit with winter’s first blast

Get your sweaters out!

Temperatures across Florida dipped Sunday as a cold front moved in, and by mid-week it will be downright frigid in some parts of the Sunshine State.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Tingler says low temperatures were expected to hover around freezing overnight in the Panhandle and north Florida, in the 40s in the center of the state, and in the 40s and 50s in much of South Florida.

In Bradenton, it was expected to drop to 46 on Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

And now the bad news: This may be the warmest night for a few days.

A second cold front is forecast to move into the Sunshine State on Monday, bringing even lower temperatures through at least Wednesday.

In Bradenton, low temperatures were expected to drop to 38 tonight and 36 on Tuesday night. In northern sections of Tampa Bay, a hard freeze was possible tonight and Tuesday, according to Bay News 9.

High temperatures today through Wednesday were expected to reach into the low 60s. Temperatures were expected to rise starting Wednesday.

High temperatures in Bradenton were not expected to reach 70 again until Friday.