TAMPA (FOX 13) - Step outside and you know, it is cold in Tampa Bay. Residents can expect highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s and possible freezes starting Monday night.
“I think what's remarkable about this week is the fact that the cold will be long lasting,” said FOX 13 Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto.
Despite the cold, many braved the weather and headed out to Curtis Hixon Park on New Year's Day.
“I feel like I’m in New England this is brutal,” said Alex Mummolo.
Elsewhere, several cold weather shelters opened in Hillsborough County. They are available to anyone to who needs them.
”We have a hot meal from Metro Ministries, we have TV and games, things like that, and 10:00 we'll turn the lights off,” said Steve Schumm, the site coordinator at the Brandon Community Center shelter location.
The shelters open on a day-by-day basis, though officials do expect them to open multiple times this week.
The following cold weather shelters in Hillsborough County will be open Monday night:
-Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
-Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
-Hands of Hope Outreach at New Hope @ the Cornerstone, 310 N. Collins St. in Plant City
-Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St. in Wimauma
-Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa