It got down to 29º Wed. morning, rose to a record-low high temperature of 47º, and is supposed to get down to 25º tonight. While certainly not cold for any of the northern folk, for us this is downright frigid! Places in north FL and the panhandle are supposed to get down into the low/mid teens! This is especially not good for the strawberry farmers (damaged with 3+ hrs below 32º) and less so to the orange growers(damaged with 4+ hrs below 28º):
The Florida citrus groves will have a freeze late Wednesday night and early Thursday with lows between 25 and 32 degrees F. The estimated damage to the citrus crop is from zero to two percent.
In the coldest groves, the temperature will drop to or below the critical mark (28 degrees) for as much as three to four hours. Winds will be light and variable most of the night, allowing for rapid radiational cooling. On the other hand, the lack of wind will allow the equipment that protects against a freeze to function quite effectively.
Specifically, temperatures will drop to:
Lakeland - 25 degrees F
Winter Haven - 26 degrees F
Orlando - 25 degrees F
Tampa - 29 degrees F
Immokalee - 27 degrees F
Okeechobee - 28 degrees F
Thursday, temperatures will rise quickly after sunrise, and highs across the citrus groves will be in the 50s.
Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist John Kocet.