TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We started off cold this morning, in the upper 30s in our northern counties and the mid 40s in Tampa. Under sunny skies we turned mild as we warmed up into the low to mid 70s.

Today was an important day for the Max Defender 8 team, our new Chief Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli made his debut at 4 p.m. Check out the video below to get to know more about Jeff.

It won’t be quite as cold tonight, but you may still need a jacket. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid 50s.

Thursday looks like the best day this week, we start off in the cool 50s but warm quickly into the mid to upper 70s. We begin with mostly sunny skies and as we head into the afternoon a cloud or two will make its way into our area from the east coast. Winds will be southeast and then becoming westerly between 5-10 mph.

A front stalls just to our north on Friday, but it will help give us a few showers. Right now, there’s a 20% chance of rain late on Friday. Despite the increasing clouds we still make it into the mid 70s. The front eventually pushes south through the Tampa Bay area. The exact timing of the front is still in question, but watch for a few showers especially early on Saturday.

Once the front passes, we get another blast of winter air. Highs will be in the upper 60s on Saturday, but we only reach the mid 60s Sunday. It stays cool through the middle of next week.

Despite how chilly we started, it wasn’t nearly as cold as this day in 1977, when south Florida saw its only snow accumulations: