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Friday, December 03, 2021

Temperatures will dip into 30s this week

For some, Florida's cold temperatures are no reason to bundle up.

Saajan Panikar, a 21-year-old wildlife ecology and conservation senior, walked around campus Tuesday in jeans and a polo T-shirt.

The 64-degree temperature outside didn't bother him much.

"I'm from Chicago," Panikar said. "This isn't that cold."

Temperatures will dip into the 30s and not exceed the mid-60s this week, said Marie Trabert, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. Wednesday night will be the coldest with a low of 33 degrees, and there may be frost on cars and along the grass Thursday morning, she said.

The temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year.

Panikar said he thinks people who complain about the temperatures or bundle up in heavy winter clothing are "ridiculous."

"Until you've had to wear a parka and still feel cold, don't talk to me," he said.

Staci Didner, an 18-year-old public relations sophomore and New York native, wore a light jacket and jeans Tuesday. The weather in Florida gets "perfectly cold," she said.

"I'm so happy we get the cold without the snow," Didner said.

But for native Floridians, cold weather means scarves, bubble jackets and trench coats.

Stacey Coonts, a 21-year-old anthropology junior from Tampa, prefers layering shirts with sweaters and wearing her handmade crocheted gloves when it's cold outside.

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"I absolutely hate the cold," Coonts said. "I've always hated the cold. It's a Floridian thing, I guess."

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