Tomorrow is the first official day of winter and forecasters at the National Weather Service in Ruskin say temperatures should cooperate in the New Port Richey area.
A cold front that is anticipated to move into our area tonight will bring showers with it, said Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the weather service.
Tonight’s storms might not pass quietly.
“We’re expecting some gusty winds and maybe some thunder with that,” Fleming said. As a result, a small craft advisory goes into effect for the Bay area this afternoon and tonight.
Once those showers clear out, Friday should shape up to be much cooler than today with its anticipated high of about 80 degrees. Friday’s high is expected to be in the low to mid-60s.
Overnight Friday is when residents should notice the biggest change in the weather. The low is expected to drop just above freezing, Fleming said. Saturday’s weather is expected to be about the same with a slight increase in temperatures. Temperatures will be cooler in the northern, inland areas of the Tampa Bay area and slightly warmer near the coast.
Rain chances are slim throughout the weekend.
Don’t get too attached to the cooler weather, Fleming warns. Christmas should arrive with a high in the mid- to upper 70s, he said.
For a complete look at New Port Richey's forecast, visit the National Weather Service online.