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Hotter-than-normal, sunny days will continue this week

Tampa Bay usually warms up in March, but the warmer days have nearly broken records.

Temperatures have hit the 80s every day since Thursday, and that trend is expected to continue this week, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

On Sunday, Tampa was 87 degrees, just one degree shy of matching a 1935 record. In Bradenton it was 87 degrees and near the 1921 record of 90 degrees for that day, Marquez said.

The average high for today is 77 degrees. Today's predicted high is 84 degrees.

It's perfect weather for spring breakers making the trip to bay area beaches, where a sea breeze keeps it a few degrees cooler.

"They get off the plane, they see the sunshine, it's warm," Marquez said. "And this is what they expect when they book a vacation here."

The dry, sunny days will last at least through Friday when a subtle cold front may move through the area, but it will only change temperatures by a couple of degrees.

"Next chance of rain may not be until next week," Marquez said.

The threat of dangerous fires is elevated in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Pinellas counties because this week's dry days also are low in humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

Hotter-than-normal, sunny days will continue this week 03/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 10:39am]
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