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74º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:22 a.m. | Sunset: 5:49 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 11:16 a.m. + 10:01 p.m. | Low: 2:58 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 6:59 a.m. + 6:21 p.m. | Low: 12:16 p.m.

 
❄️ It’s a winter-ful life
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Make the most of the breezy weather with some outdoor biking, a stroll, or even hammocking. | Photo by TBAYtoday
We know the question on your mind, TBAY — when’s it going to get cold?

Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in the Tampa Bay area for December, January, and February. While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.

Reminder: The first day of winter is Thursday, Dec. 21.

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Take a peek at the new season’s predicted temperatures.

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Screenshot via National Weather Service

Temperature

Think cool. This winter, Tampa Bay has equal chances of temperatures being higher or lower than normal. In other words, this one is hard to predict.

Precipitation

Expect slightly more precipitation. The Tampa Bay area has a 60-70% chance of seeing higher than average rainfall amounts this winter.

Drought

Drought conditions are expected to improve this season.

December

Cooler weather is here to stay, and we’re sighing with relief. Typically in Tampa, December’s temperatures fluctuate between 58.1° on cooler nights and an average high of 72°. This is the least sunny month of the year for the Cigar City, but the clear skies and cooler temps still make for excellent outdoor celebrations and activities weather.

January

This might be the time to pull out your wetsuit and pack a blanket for the beach. In January, the average high and low temps are between 67.8° + 53.4°. This is the coldest month of the year — for the ocean too. During January, the average ocean temperature is 64.8°, with it becoming less comfortable to take a dip once the temperature is below 69.8°. The first month of the year is also the the month with the lowest UV index — the average maximum is 4.

February

Tampa starts to defrost (metaphorically speaking) from an average high of 67.8° in January to a balmy 71.8° in February. But still expect to pack a light jacket for that date night — the month’s low-temperature averages about 56.7°. Pro tip: February marks the beginning of more sunny days as we approach spring.

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Asked
 
The most wonderful time of year to get out and explore the city is…

A. Spring
B. Summer
C. Fall
D. Winter
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Snowcat Ridge | Tuesday, Dec. 5-Sunday, Feb. 25 | Times vary | Snowcat Ridge, 27839 Saint Joe Rd., Dade City | $27+ | It’s the opening week of the alpine snow park, which offers Floridians the chance to go sledding, ice slide, and partake in snow fights in an igloo.
  • Mayor Welch’s City Hall on Tour: Stop #4 | Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Childs Park Recreation Center, 4301 13th Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Bring your questions and concerns to this conversation with city leadership.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • S’mores by the Fire | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 5-9 p.m. | Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | $10 | Warm up by the campfire on the lawn and make your own ooey gooey s’more — s’more kits are $10 and include enough to make two s’mores each.
  • Donation Yoga for CASA at the Pier | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 6 p.m. | St. Petersburg Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | Free | A yogi from the Body Electric leads this grounding yoga class at the scenic spot — this month’s donations benefit CASA, the domestic violence center for Pinellas County.
Thursday, Dec. 7
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Hyde Park Village Stage, 742 S. Village Cir., Tampa | Free | Gather round Mrs. Claus for some festive stories — registration required.
  • Carlton Ward Jr: “Path of the Panther” | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Dr. Cube 200, Tampa | $0-$12 | Take in the opening day of the renowned Tampa photographer’s exhibit which tells the story of the endangered Florida panther.
Friday, Dec. 8
  • Sam Morril: “The Class Act Tour” | Friday, Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa | $39 | NYC-based comedian Sam Morril brings his standup act to the historic theater’s stage.
  • Thomas Rhett | Friday, Dec. 8 | 8 p.m. | Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa | $349+ | The country superstar brings hits like “Life Changes” and “Remember You Young” to the Cigar City stage.
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Holidays
 
Hands-on holiday crafts at Water Street Tampa
Four photos: A crowd holding newly created wreaths, two women holding bottles of wine, a woman standing in front of the wreath station, and a charcuterie basket.
Limited spaces available for all events, so reserve those spots today. | Photos provided by Strategic Property Partners
What a bright time, it’s the right time to unleash your inner artist and indulge in holiday cheer as Water Street Tampa transforms into a wonderland of festive creation stations. Here’s what to plan for:

Embrace the Art of Wreath Making

On December 6th, join The Roaming Petal for a hands-on wreath-making workshop. Under the twinkling lights, learn how to transform fresh supplies into a personalized wreath masterpiece to proudly display at your holiday gatherings.

Learn Charcuterie + Wine Pairing

On December 13th, embark on a culinary adventure with Grazing Amazing Co. and craft an Instagram-worthy charcuterie board. Plus, dive into a curated wine-tasting session led by Wine on Water and discover the perfect pairings to match.

Master Magical Tampa-Themed Ornaments

Unleash your creativity on December 20th and adorn custom Tampa-themed ornaments. With chocolate treats from Hampton Chocolate Factory and personalized calligraphy from Inky Fingers Calligraphy, this evening is the perfect way to add a touch of Tampa flair to your holiday décor.
 
News Notes
 
Weather
  • Yesterday’s foggy conditions gave way to some chillier weather. Forecasters are expecting slightly cooler temps today. And the colder weather is expected to continue with highs in the mid-60s tomorrow + nighttime temperatures in the mid-40s. (Tampa Bay Times)
Ranked
  • No. 17. That’s where Tampa ranked on WalletHub’s “Most Fun Cities in America” list. The Big Guava ranked highly for its number of nightclubs + parties and its amount of cost-effective fun for the taking. St. Pete came in at No. 38.
Open
  • Happy hoagie-days. There’s a new spot to grab that midday sammie. Gateway Subs just opened up its fourth spot in the Burg at 5931 Fourth St. N. Stop by the grand opening tomorrow, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. where the first 100 customers in line will receive a free hoagie. (I Love the Burg)
Concert
  • This lineup is looking red hot. The legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming to Tampa on their “Unlimited Love Tour.” The band will play MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on June 21 — with Ice Cube as their opener. (WFLA)
Opening
Real Estate
  • Seminole Heights institution Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe is on the market. Owner Melissa Deming is selling after 15 years of chicken and waffle cones, live music, and southern eats. Deming says she would like to sell to someone who would keep the spot open or bring in a similar business. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Seasonal
  • Do we have any gingerbread house pros? Visit the Glazer Children’s Museum to add to their community-created gingerbread village. Stop by to use recycled materials like cardboard and bottle caps to create a wintery home. (That’s So Tampa)
Eat
  • #TerraceTabletop: Celebrate the season at The Terrace Hotel & Grille’s annual Christmas Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — featuring a visit from Santa Claus himself. The evening of Friday, Dec. 15 + Saturday, Dec. 16 also features a holiday treat with live Holiday Carolers during dinner. Make a reservation.*
Arts
  • Ponder the haunting yet hopeful paintings of Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak at the Polk Museum of Art’s free exhibition, “Remembering Vilna.” Named for Bak’s birthplace in Poland, this exploration aims to shed light on the experiences that informed his work and highlight the importance of retaining historical memory for future generations.*
Travel
  • Did you know? There are 300+ “event days” in Greenville, SC. From signature events like Fall for Greenville and Artisphere, there’s always a reason to visit. Check out the calendar of events and plan your 2024 trip.*
Shop
  • Have an active loved one on your shopping list? Upway delivers rigorously inspected, certified, and 99% pre-assembled e-bikes from top brands (think: Specialized, Aventon, and Super73) directly to your doorstep — with free express shipping when you use code TREE.*
 
 
Food
 
☕ Bring on the winter flavors
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The wreath-laden glasses and sprinkles amp up the festive at Grove. | Photo by @grovesurfandcoffee
Now that we’re finally seeing some colder weather around here — hopefully writing this doesn’t jinx it — we’ve rounded up the perfect treats to cozy up with in the cold.
  • The next time you head to Pass-A-Grille or St. Pete for a winter beach day, pick up a treat at Grove Surf & Coffee. The ultra-aesthetic coffee shop is serving up gingerbread lattes, beachside nog lattes, peppermint mocha lattes, and peppermint matcha lattes — topped with sprinkles and gingerbread cookie toppers, of course.
  • Make the pre-work coffee run a tad more fun by grabbing some minty goodness like a white chocolate peppermint latte, peppermint mocha latte, or peppermint /white chocolate cold brew at Buddy Brew. Pro tip: The popular beanery also serves a peppermint mocha hot chocolate for the littles (or bigs).
  • Central Avenue’s Bandit is serving its maple bourbon lattes again. And this year, the St. Pete fave is also making salted brown butter lattes and cold foam.
 
The Buy
 
The ultimate gift for the year of Barbie: the Barbie Dreamhouse 2023. Can we get one of those spiral pool slides for our house?
 
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The Wrap
 
Bailey Lefever in a park near a pond Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
Last week, we got a peek at Fairgrounds St. Pete’s new “Scents of the Season” experience. The funky exhibit is decked out with nostalgic smells and a flock of Florida birds for the season. Take a peek.
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