TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Today was cloudy and mild, we topped out in the upper 60s and low 70s. We’ve seen some scattered showers, as we head into the evening we expect heavier downpours and the possibility of a few thunderstorms, especially south of I-4.

Overnight we dry out after midnight. Expect cloudy skies and cool temperatures in the mid to low 60s.

A strong cold front passes tomorrow morning with a thin line of showers. Immediately after the front passes, temperatures start to fall. While we start tomorrow in the 60s, we’ll be in the 50s during the afternoon and dropping into the 20s and 30s by Saturday morning.

A Hard Freeze Watch has been issued for Friday night and Saturday morning in Citrus, Hernando & inland Pasco counties where temperatures could drop into the 20s. Other areas away from the coast are now under a Freeze Watch.

Through the Christmas weekend, you’ll want to cover sensitive plants and bring the pets inside to stay warm. Areas north of Tampa Bay may need to cover or drip their exposed pipes and run their pool pumps to keep things from freezing.

Christmas Eve will be cool and breezy all day. Highs only reach the upper 40s. Wind chills in the afternoon may still be in the 30s for parts of Tampa Bay.

Get ready to snuggle by the fireplace again Saturday night. Lows will be back in the upper 20s to low 30s when you wake up on Christmas morning.

Extra clouds around on Christmas keep highs in the upper 40s again, but it should be rain-free.

There’s a gradual warm-up next week, but we stay below average through Wednesday.