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Is it really that hot? Yes

It's Florida. It's August. It's supposed to be hot.

But this hot?

Actually, no.

The heat index climbed above 100 degrees at some locations around the Tampa Bay region on Monday and the forecast calls for more of the same.

"If you're going to be outside, take frequent breaks and stay well-hydrated,'' said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Normally, afternoon thundershowers form and reduce the high temperature by several degrees, sometimes for a couple of hours.

But thunderstorms have not been showing up in recent days.

The combination of a massive high pressure system over Florida with the infusion of Saharan dust off the African coast have stopped them from forming, said Robert Garcia, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

In addition, prevailing winds have been from the east, meaning they heat up as they travel west across Florida.

All of this allows temperatures to climb into the mid 90s and stay there longer.

That's the forecast for the next few days.

"It's going to be hotter than normal for the next few days, with temperatures getting into the low or mid 90s,'' Marquez said. "Be careful out there.''

Is it really that hot? Yes 08/12/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:45pm]

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