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Near-record temperatures expected as unseasonable warmth continues

The November heat wave will continue today with the high temperature threatening to break a 64-year-old record for the date.

"It's been about 10 degrees above normal the last few days,'' said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Monday's high temperature of 86 at Tampa International Airport tied a 63-year-old record for Nov. 21.

Forecasters expect today's high to approach, or possibly tie, the record high of 85, set in 1947.

"It depends on the seabreeze and when that kicks in,'' said John McMichael, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

A massive system of high pressure has been positioned over Florida and much of the Southeast, essentially restricting air flow and allowing temperatures to heat up during the day.

That should change on Wednesday.

A low pressure system will sweep in from the north, pushing the high out of the way and bringing cooler, drier air to the Tampa Bay region. It could bring scattered showers as it moves in through the day Wednesday.

Behind the front will come cooler temperatures and a return to seasonal norms.

"It looks like a beautiful Thanksgiving Day right now, with the high temperature around 75 or 76,'' McMichael said. "The dewpoint should be real low, meaning it should be nice and dry.''

Near-record temperatures expected as unseasonable warmth continues 11/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 10:53am]
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