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Your DayStarter: The forecast calls for April — maybe even May; find a holiday event anyway (also, we'll salute Tampa Bay's top football talent)

Here we go again. We're on a record-setting heat streak that forecasters say will continue into next week, with highs expected in the low 80s for the next seven days or so — about 10 degrees hotter than usual. Christmas looks like it'll be the hottest here, ever, with a high of 84 degrees.

Six news anchors have left Tampa Bay news stations in the last year or so, including big names like John Wilson and Gayle Sierens. What does that mean for viewers when so many years of experience walk out the door in such a short amount of time?

Could commercial flights to Cuba be coming to Tampa International Airport next year? And what kind of impact might that have on already existing charter flight businesses here?

Remember the troubled Tampa condo that was on the market for $1,500 earlier this year? Find out if it ever sold and catch up on a number of other faces in Tampa Bay real estate this morning.

Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including Vodka Latke, one of the top social events of the year for young Jewish singles and couples.

We are in the thick of entertaining season, between Christmas and New Year's and our food critic Laura Reiley has the best prepared holiday foods (including many that deliver) to shorten your to-do list on our Weekend Planner page.

Look for the annual All-Tampa Bay high school football team by lunchtime at

Columnist Tom Jones doles out his Christmas gifts to the Tampa Bay sports community this afternoon at

Your DayStarter: The forecast calls for April — maybe even May; find a holiday event anyway (also, we'll salute Tampa Bay's top football talent) 12/24/15 [Last modified: Thursday, December 24, 2015 12:07pm]
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    The Heater

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