It's going to be a hot and steamy weekend.
Summer temperatures usually hover around 90, but the mercury is expected to rise to near-record highs Friday and Saturday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.
In Tampa, Friday's high is expected to be 94, 3 degrees shy of the record. In St. Petersburg the expected high of 93 is 2 degrees short of the record.
Combined with the humidity, the heat index could reach 106 in some areas Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
With dry air moving in from the east and high pressure hovering over the Tampa Bay area, moisture and rain will be pushed out for much of the weekend, meteorologists said.
Thunderstorms are expected to return to the area as soon as Sunday afternoon, Marquez said.
The rain and cloud cover will cool the area off again, bringing more typical weather back to the bay area next week.