Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

March on pace to be warmest ever recorded in Tampa Bay

The heat just keeps coming.

After the warmest winter in 65 years, March looks like it will set a record for the month, becoming the hottest in more than 120 years of record keeping.

Through Thursday, the average temperature at Tampa International Airport was 74.2 degrees — nearly 7 degrees above the normal of 67.3.

"That's impressive — records began in 1890," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

The current record for the month is 73.9, set in 1997.

Highs Friday and Saturday — the final day of March — are forecast to hover in the mid 80s.

That's really not much of a surprise.

The Tampa Bay region has had highs in the 80s every day this month except for March 4 and March 5, which peaked in the 70s, Marquez said.

"I think for our area, one of the things has just been the consistency of how warm it has been," she said. "We're used to it being warm, it's just that it's been consistently warm."

The record heat for the month is made even more impressive considering that there haven't been many daily temperature records.

The only record high temperature recorded at Tampa International was on March 21, when the mercury hit 88 degrees.

Although this month is a sure bet for the top 10 warmest, meteorologists say the rain forecast this weekend could drop the average below the record high. Rain chances were 20 percent on Friday and 40 percent today, according to Bay News 9.

Marquez credits a huge ridge of high pressure that has been blocking cooler weather from entering the state.

"The really cool air, the systems and the storm fronts aren't coming to Florida," she said.

Beyond Florida, the Southeast and much of the Midwest also have had above-average temperatures.

 
Comments
Forecast: Abundant sunshine, low humidity make for ideal weekend in Tampa Bay

Forecast: Abundant sunshine, low humidity make for ideal weekend in Tampa Bay

Folks around Tampa Bay won’t have many excuses to stay indoors this weekend.It’s going to be a bright weekend with sparse cloud cover, resonably comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine, according to the National Weather Service.Temperatures o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Clear skies, pleasant conditions take hold over Tampa Bay

Forecast: Clear skies, pleasant conditions take hold over Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Now that a cold front — which spawned a weak tornado in Ruskin — has departed, it leaves behind pleasant conditions across Tampa Bay.Relatively cool temperatures, clearing skies and low humidity will take hold until Friday, according...
Published: 04/25/18
‘Freak gust’ gives Ruskin park residents a fright

‘Freak gust’ gives Ruskin park residents a fright

TAMPA — For a few moments late Monday night, Jeff Hinton’s new home in Ruskin’s Paradise Mobile Home and RV Park felt less like paradise and more like his native Iowa’s "Tornado Alley."In an instant, the rain that had come in waves through the day hi...
Published: 04/24/18
Forecast: After tornado causes damage in Ruskin, clear conditions ahead for Tampa Bay

Forecast: After tornado causes damage in Ruskin, clear conditions ahead for Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Forecasters said rain could fall on Monday before conditions cleared, leaving drier air and less humidity behind.That rain moved through Ruskin with a vengeance Monday night, causing a tornado to touch down and producing a treacherou...
Published: 04/24/18
Scattered showers, thunderstorms kick off muggy week across Tampa Bay

Scattered showers, thunderstorms kick off muggy week across Tampa Bay

A large, disturbed weather system could drop thunderstorms and scattered showers across Tampa Bay. This is the same system that has caused water spouts and tornadoes to touch down around the Fort Walton Beach area in the Florida panhandle.This storm...
Published: 04/23/18
Forecast: Scattered showers could dampen weekend plans across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Scattered showers could dampen weekend plans across Tampa Bay

Scattered showers and thunderstorms could pester Tampa Bay throughout the weekend, culminating in a peak chance of rain early next week.A small cold front will meander over the bay area by Friday afternoon but should have little affect on the area, t...
Published: 04/20/18
Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Expect warm weather, clear skies and a slight increase in humidity across Tampa Bay in the next few days, before an incoming cold front raises the chance for rain.Temperatures this morning are in the low 60s with a little bit of damp air. The dry air...
Published: 04/19/18
Forecast: Warm weather continues for Tampa Bay, but humidity and clouds are returning

Forecast: Warm weather continues for Tampa Bay, but humidity and clouds are returning

The temporary cool weather has come to an end as temperatures rise back up to the lower 80s by Wednesday afternoon. Morning commuters can expect temperatures in the upper 50s throughout most of Tampa Bay, according to the National Weather Service. Bu...
Published: 04/18/18
Dreaded ‘cone of uncertainty’ will shrink for the coming hurricane season

Dreaded ‘cone of uncertainty’ will shrink for the coming hurricane season

The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record.The Miami-based center made the announcement Monday, along with a series of other changes intended to imp...
Published: 04/17/18
Forecast: Clear skies, abundant sunshine ahead for Tampa Bay

Forecast: Clear skies, abundant sunshine ahead for Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay will be warming up today and by the afternoon clear skies and sunshine promise ideal conditions without an abundance of humidity.But Tuesday morning started a little chilly with temperatures in upper 50s before sunrise. By afternoon, temper...
Published: 04/17/18