A heat wave that has prompted advisory warnings in 23 states will keep Tampa Bay residents warm but not wilting thanks to Florida's naturally occurring sea breezes.
A massive high-pressure system scorching the country's southern and eastern states has extended to hover over Florida and will cause temperatures to rise above average for the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
The sweltering conditions will be kept at bay, in part, because of Florida's naturally occurring weather, meteorologists said.
"One thing we have in Florida that they don't have in other states is the sea breezes," said meteorologist Anthony Reynes. "We are warm but we also get more cloudiness and passing showers, which helps keep the heat under control."
As other states feel temperatures nearing triple-digits, Tampa Bay residents will see highs in the low to mid 90s.
These temperatures, which are expected to last through the weekend, are relatively normal for mid July, according to Bay News 9.