January has come to a close, and in typical Florida fashion, we saw a roller coaster ride of temperatures. However, the number of warm days outnumbered the cool days. 

What You Need To Know

  • Temperatures averaged more than two degrees above normal in Tampa

  • A mid-month cold snap brought multiple mornings of freezing temperatures inland

  • Rainfall was over an inch below normal

January came in on a warm note after an exceptionally cold Christmas. Three out of the four first days of the month saw highs above 80. 

A strong cold front came through during the middle of the month, bringing high temperatures back down to the 50s and 60s for a few days. 

While Tampa did not see a freeze at the airport during this cold snap, most inland areas saw a few mornings in a row below freezing. 

Brooksville recorded a morning low of 24 degrees on Jan. 15.

While we saw a few cold fronts this month, rainfall was lacking with them.

The Tampa airport only received 1.55 inches of rain all month (1.10 inches below normal), most of which fell on the four days we saw a cold front pass through. 

January ended on a warm note with much of the area back in the 80s, just how we started the month.

The average temperature for the month in Tampa was 64.6 degrees, which is 2.6 degrees above normal. 

The high temperatures for each day of the month averaged out to 73.8 degrees with lows averaged out to 55.5 degrees. 

Record-breaking highs

Some daily record highs were broken or tied across the area on Jan. 29 and 30. Tampa broke a daily record high on Jan. 29 with a temperature of 84 degrees. 

Lakeland recorded a record high of 87 on Jan. 30, which was the hottest temperature in the viewing area all month.

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