ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A 20-degree temperature change means the “sweat factor” isn’t so bad in the Tampa Bay area. We noticed people in St. Petersburg bundled up with jackets and sweaters on Monday.
It’s enough to reduce the outdoor crowd at the Parkshore Grill restaurant on Beach Drive.
“When it was 86 here, 72 in Boston. Nobody’s coming here. You’ve got a smaller window. 1 o’clock to 3 o’clock is about it,” said Mike Edwards, who is server at the restaurant.
Even on this chilly day, a bike rider preferred iced coffee to cool off from her ride. “We are babies. You talk to all the relatives back home and son out in Seattle, no, we’re spoiled,” said Carol Cason.
But, don’t think it’s cool enough to keep people from visiting the area.
“This is the time of the year when people plan their travel in advance. Summertime, people are very last minute. This is more calculated. So as long as we got the sun, if it’s cool outside, hey, it’s all relative. How cold is it in Buffalo versus here and I think we’re always gonna win that particular game,” said David Downing who is with Visit St. Petersburg, Clearwater.
He’s got a point. A former New Yorker has plans to fire up her fireplace.
In the meantime, a brisk walk in the brisk air is a welcome gift. “Oh I think it’s awesome. It’s refreshing. It’s a change, it’s a change. But, as long as it doesn’t get real cold. Cool is good,” said Bella Otto.
Just wait a bit and it will change. “The beautiful part about living in St.Pete Clearwater is this lasts a few days, and then it’s back to normal,” said David Downing from the Visitors association.