Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Forecasts call for beautiful holiday weekend in Tampa Bay

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected this holiday weekend on Clearwater Beach and other Pinellas beaches.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected this holiday weekend on Clearwater Beach and other Pinellas beaches.

Grab the sunblock and beach towels. Forecasters are predicting gorgeous weather for Memorial Day weekend in Tampa Bay.

Temperatures in the mid to high 80s will combine with a breeze and low humidity through Monday, said Mike Clay, chief meteorologist for Bay News 9. The conditions may verge on ideal, especially nice even for the Gulf Coast in the weeks before summer.

"Usually, there's some thunderstorms by this time of year, but not this year," Clay said.

That means people will probably flock to the gulf in droves, be it in beach chairs or on boats.

Water temperatures are about average, approximately 80 degrees, Clay said.

Businesses along the beaches of Pinellas County are expecting tens of thousands of visitors, said Clyde Smith, chairman of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce board.

Hotels from Clearwater to Pass-a-Grille are just about completely booked, said Smith, who is also general manager at the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island. He advised visitors to think about the heavy traffic so that they can find parking easily.

"Show up early and get a spot," Smith said.

At the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, general manager Rick Falkenstein said the staff has 600 pounds of fresh grouper filets on hand and expects to get an additional 200 pounds before the holiday weekend is over. He said it is the best weather forecast for Memorial Day in recent memory, and he expects record crowds.

"There's no threat of showers. There's no red tide. The water temperature is absolutely awesome," Falkenstein said.

The weekend also marks the unofficial start of boating season, said Karen Parker, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Boaters should keep a lookout for others on the water and should make sure to have required safety equipment such as life vests on board, she said.

Commission officers will be out each day to enforce safety regulations and to check for underage drinking and impaired operators.

The breeze is expected to pick up Saturday night and may reach 20 knots, Clay said, so boaters should also be mindful of the winds.

"Just keep a close ear to the weather radio, and if conditions change, which they can change drastically, go back in," Parker said. "Don't take a chance."

Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8804. Twitter: @zacksampson.

Forecasts call for beautiful holiday weekend in Tampa Bay 05/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Mom accused of burying guns after fatal teen shooting declines plea deal

    Criminal

    TAMPA — The Valrico mother accused of hiding the guns after her teenage son shot and killed another boy in their garage told a judge Tuesday that she wants a trial, not a plea deal.

    Heidi Quinn is accused of hiding two guns after her son, Cody, fatally shot 17-year-old Jayquon Johnson in their garage. She faces charges of tampering with evidence. Her son was not charged in Johnson's death because authorities ruled it self-defense. He does face related drug charges. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Stone says no coordination between Trump campaign and Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone said Tuesday he's "aware of no evidence whatsoever" that Trump's campaign coordinated with Russians during the 2016 election.

  3. Pasco deputies: Citgo gas station was selling pipes for crack and meth

    Crime

    TRILBY — A Citgo gas station is facing hefty fines after Pasco County Sheriff's deputies said clerks weren't just selling gas, but doling out pipes for crack and meth.

  4. What to expect from the Florida Orchestra's 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' show

    Events

    With just a few short tings from the celesta, a small piano-style instrument, and you're instantly transported to Harry Potter's wizarding world.

    Courtesy of the Straz Center
  5. Police: Boy, 12, burglarized Melrose Elementary during Hurricane Irma

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 12-year-old boy is facing a felony charge after police say he burglarized Melrose Elementary while the school was closed for Hurricane Irma.

    Melrose Elementary at 1752 13th Ave. S in St. Petersburg was burglarized while the school was closed for Hurricane Irma. A 12-year-old boy has been charged, police said. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]