Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The October heat wave continues, but relief is near

The great October heat wave continues this week, with "feels-like'' temperatures of nearly 100 degrees or more and no relief until the weekend.

A stubborn high-pressure system over the Southeast will keep daytime highs in the Tampa Bay area at or near record levels, with temperatures inland even higher.

It's even hot at night.

The low temperature Sunday at Tampa International Airport fell to just 76 degrees, tying the record for that date, set in 1934. In fact, five days last week the heat tied or broke records for a high low temperature.

October has been on a blistering pace.

Last month, Florida was warmer than the historic norm for September by 0.9 degrees. That's considered a fairly weighty number in meteorological terms.

But October is on pace to obliterate that figure. Through Sunday, Florida's mean temperature was 3.5 degrees hotter than normal.

"I doubt if it will come down," Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay said. "That's so extreme it's hard to make up."

Clay said a steady procession of powerful low-pressure systems over the Rockies and Southwest have created correspondingly powerful highs over Florida. The result: stifling heat.

"We're just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Clay said.

But change is on the way.

A cold front forecast to dislodge the high-pressure system could drop high temperatures into the more normal low 80s by this weekend.

The October heat wave continues, but relief is near 10/12/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 3:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday


    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  2. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start


    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  3. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Spain planning to strip Catalonia of its autonomy


    BARCELONA, Spain — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

    Demonstrators in Barcelona protest the decision to take control of Catalonia to derail the independence movement.
  5. Funeral held for soldier at center of political war of words (w/video)


    COOPER CITY — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.

    The casket of Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. is wheeled out after a viewing at the Christ The Rock Church, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017  in Cooper City, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) FLMIH102