TAMPA — Don't let the recent rush of cool air fool you: January was one of the warmest Tampa Bay has ever seen.
The National Weather Service announced Friday that January was the seventh warmest since the service started taking records in 1890.
Warm, dry weather dominated the area for most of the month. The average temperature for the month was 67.4 degrees. Usually, that temperature is closer to 60 degrees.
Nicole Carlisle, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the warm month was in part because a high pressure system parked over Tampa Bay for a while, blocking cold fronts.
The warmest January Tampa has seen was in 1937, when the city averaged 72.4 degrees.
February has gotten off to a cool start that will last through the weekend.
It will be dry and sunny, but highs will struggle to reach 70. Morning lows will dip into the 40s.