The National Weather Service said a cold front whipping through the state Friday night will bring the coldest air Polk County has seen since 2018.
Things will start to cool off late Friday or early Saturday morning when a cold front sweeps through the area. Saturday's high is expected to stay in the mid-40s.
According to NWS officials, the coldest temperatures will come Saturday night into Sunday morning. Temperatures are expect to be as low as 29 degrees in the northwest part of the county to 34 or 35 degrees in the eastern half.
Florida weather forecast: Freeze warnings, frost advisories issued as temperatures plummet
Officials said a 6 mph wind will make it feel like it's in the mid-20s. Wind gusts of up to 15 mph are possible.
The cold front Florida will see this weekend is driven by an upper-level drop of low pressure coming from the northwest, according to NWS.
A temperature of 29 degrees would tie the record for Jan. 29 set in 1966. The last time temperatures in the 20s were recorded in Lakeland was 25 degrees on Jan. 8, 2018.
NWS officials said sensitive plants could be damaged by the brief freeze over Saturday night, especially in the western half of the county. They said two to four hours of freezing temperatures are possible in western Polk County.
A Lakeland homeless shelter, Talbot House Ministries, said it's open and accepting new guests. Talbot House Ministries provides services for homeless guests like an overnight bed, grooming and three meals a day.
Steve Turbeville, president of Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland, said its shelter has 66 emergency beds for homeless men and 25 additional mats in the emergency shelter.
He said they've already had up to 91 people in the Lighthouse Ministries emergency shelter some nights this week.
After Saturday, temperatures will slowly get back to normal, with highs returning to the 70s by Tuesday.
This article originally appeared on The Ledger: Florida weather: Polk County cold front may bring temperatures in 20s