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Record heat likely across Tampa Bay area

A splash of relief  Forget riding aboard SheiKra. The cool spot at Busch Gardens was near the splashdown area where the roller coaster blasts through water, sending out a refreshing spray. The high in Tampa reached 96 on Tuesday, 2 degrees shy of a record.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

A splash of relief Forget riding aboard SheiKra. The cool spot at Busch Gardens was near the splashdown area where the roller coaster blasts through water, sending out a refreshing spray. The high in Tampa reached 96 on Tuesday, 2 degrees shy of a record.

Here comes the heat. Again. • Record high temperatures are possible today, with most of the Tampa Bay area seeing the mercury climb into the mid 90s. • "It's going to be clearly hotter than normal for the next couple of days,'' said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. • Forecasters say temperatures could near or equal the record for July 21, 98 degrees, set in 1942. A high temperature of 96 degrees Monday at Tampa International Airport set a record for the date. On Tuesday, Tampa reached 96 degrees, just 2 degrees short of the record. • Normally in the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are formed by the collision of hot air over Florida and cooler air from the Gulf of Mexico. • But winds from the east are keeping those cooler winds offshore. That means the air over Florida continues to heat up each day. • This setup is likely to change this weekend, with more thunderstorms and slightly lower temperatures. — Kameel Stanley, Times staff writer

Record heat likely across Tampa Bay area 07/20/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:01am]

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