Spring heat wave could push temperatures to 90

Matthew Curry, 8, left, tosses a football to his brother, Ryan, 11, center, while playing on Clearwater Beach with their father, Sean, 42, not pictured, on Tuesday morning. Forecasters expect the unseasonable heat to last though Thursday and perhaps Friday. Temperatures on the beach should be slightly cooler.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Matthew Curry, 8, left, tosses a football to his brother, Ryan, 11, center, while playing on Clearwater Beach with their father, Sean, 42, not pictured, on Tuesday morning. Forecasters expect the unseasonable heat to last though Thursday and perhaps Friday. Temperatures on the beach should be slightly cooler.

The heat is back.

Tuesday's high temperatures could reach 90 in some areas as a spring heat wave envelops the Tampa Bay region, lifting temperatures several degrees above normal.

"It's definitely going to feel warmer,'' said Juli Marquez, meteorologist for Bay News 9.

The high temperature Monday reached 89 degrees at Tampa International Airport, tying a record for the date, set in 1994.

The high Wednesday may break another TIA record, 88, also set in 1994.

The heat wave is produced by a dome of high pressure over Florida, essentially trapping hot air over the state.

It's also an indication of seasonal weather changes.

"As we get closer to summer, we get more direct sunlight and warmer temperatures,'' said Nicole Carlisle, meteorologist with National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Temperatures along the coast will be slightly cooler.

Forecasters expect the unseasonable heat to last though Thursday and perhaps Friday, followed by a cool front that should return temperatures to the low 80s.

Spring heat wave could push temperatures to 90 04/16/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:26pm]

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