Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Historically cold March is gone, warmer weather is here

After one of the coldest Marches in history, spring is finally on the way.

The average temperature last month at Tampa International Airport was 61.4 degrees, the fifth coldest March on record.

It also marked only the third time since the National Weather Service began keeping records that March was colder than any of the previous four months.

But all that begins to change this week.

Temperatures are expected to in lows 80s the first part of the week and the mid to high 70s later in the week.

"This first week of April will be pretty much what we expect it to be for springtime in Tampa Bay,'' said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. "Most of us will make it into the 70s and 80s for most of the week."

Rain is possible today, with forecasters giving a 40 percent chance of showers as a low pressure system moves ashore over Florida.

Patchy fog could develop tonight as lows dip into the upper 50s to low-60s.

More rain also is possible on Thursday and Friday as another low pressure system brings the possibility of rain and thunderstorms.

Historically cold March is gone, warmer weather is here 04/01/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:11am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84


    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General


    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home


    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest


    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.