SARASOTA (WWSB) - Dry air, lighter winds and clear skies made for a chilly start to the day. Suncoast weather watchers reported temperatures in the upper 30′s in many locations with mid 40′s officially reported at the airport. Winds are shifting today and will be increasingly out of the east. This will provide the start of a warm-up this afternoon that will return our high temperatures to seasonal normals. Over the weekend the temperatures will climb into the upper 70′s, which is 5 to 7 degrees above the average. Moisture will also return to the Suncoast and keep the night low temperatures warmer.
The temperatures roller coaster will take a dip early next week as the next front moves past. High temperatures will fall Monday into the 60′s. The coolest night of next week will likely be Tuesday night when temperatures will bottom out in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the mid to upper 40′s. Then once again temperatures will start to climb with shifting winds and return to the 70′s by late mid-week next week. This second dip in our temperatures will be caused by several shots of upper level energy and a surface cold front which will pass the Suncoast on Sunday night or Monday morning.