MANATEE — Is the cold front that came through Manatee County Sunday bringing 50 mph winds and some minor wind damage the last of the winter?
Meteorlogists aren’t ready to make that prediction.
But they do say that the weather, while still a bit chilly today, should be warming up through the week.
Sunday delivered a cold front to Manatee County that brought showers and gusty winds, said Todd Barron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa.
There were downed branches in neighborhoods, but not much structural damage, Barron said.
“I think the only damage we saw was to carports and pool lanais,” Barron said of the gusts that were in the 40 and 50 mph range. “We had a report of a 53 mph gust on Anna Maria Island.”
The winds began to die down Sunday night, Barron added.
A high pressure area that followed the cold front through will keep things chilly today with temperatures starting in the low to mid 40s in the morning and rising to a high of 73, Barron said.
Tuesday will be a little warmer, with 48 degree lows and 77 degree highs, Barron said.
By Wednesday, Manatee and Sarasota will be back in the low 80s.
Friday and Saturday are forecast to have temperatures rising to the low to mid-80s, Barron said.