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April one of the hottest on record around Tampa Bay

April started out hot. It ended hotter. And, get this, most of the days in between were really hot, too.

After a month of consistently high temperatures, several cities in Tampa Bay came close to setting record high temperatures for the month.

So much for a nice spring.

St. Petersburg had its second-hottest April on record with an average temperature of 77 degrees. The record, set in 1945, is 77.1.

Tampa had its fourth-hottest month at 76.3 degrees, while Brooksville had its sixth-warmest at 74.4 degrees.

Tampa's normal temperature is 71.5; St. Petersburg's is 72.3.

The unseasonable warmth is expected to continue on Tuesday with highs reaching into the 90s.

Meteorologists said high pressure systems dominated the region in April, bringing mostly clear skies and the hot temperatures.

"We basically just had consistency," said Juli Marquez, a Bay News 9 meteorologist. "I remember many days we were very close to records."

Marquez said only three days in April saw highs in the 70s in Tampa. The rest were in the 80s and 90s. What's more, many mornings didn't drop below 70.

April one of the hottest on record around Tampa Bay 05/03/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 2:07pm]
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