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Heat wave continues for Tampa Bay while tropical system eases

Near-record-breaking temperatures in the Tampa Bay area will continue Tuesday and throughout much of the week, forecasters said.

But not quite hot enough to break more records, meteorologist said. Instead, highs are expected to hit the mid 90s.

Tuesday's forecasted high for St. Petersburg is 93. Tampa's is 94, which would tie the record. The record in St. Petersburg is 98.

There is still no reprieve in sight from blistering temperatures, although the mercury should drop slightly later in the week to the upper 80s and lower 90s, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Fleming.

"It's Florida," Fleming said. "It might be October until we see anything cooler."

Meanwhile, there is some good news on the tropical storm front. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say a broad low-pressure system in the south-central Atlantic Ocean has only a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. Conditions leading to the formation of a tropical cyclone are expected to become less favorable over the next day or so, they say.

Most experts have predicted a busy hurricane season, with as many 18 named storms in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

The predictions are based partly on warm sea-surface temperatures and the end of an El Niño, the movement of warm surface water into the eastern Pacific Ocean, creating upper atmospheric storms that can thwart hurricane development in the Atlantic basin.

Hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30.

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Heat wave continues for Tampa Bay while tropical system eases 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 1:53pm]
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