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Forecast: Hottest start to February in Tampa Bay will extend into Valentine’s Day

It’s promising to be a hot Valentine’s Day this year in more ways than one.

Average highs for the romantic holiday normally stick around 72 degrees. But this year, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Grant Gilmore forecasts Wednesday’s high will reach 81. Just one more degree and it will be the hottest and sappiest holiday since 1997.

It has been in the 80s since last Tuesday, which is the warmest start on record for February in Tampa, Gilmore said. That trend is expected to continue throughout the week and into the weekend.

Temperature highs will remain around the low 80s throughout, with nightly lows in the mid 60s, Gilmore said.

Monday’s temperatures peaked at 84 with a low of 72. That is around 10 degrees hotter than this month’s average temperatures, Gilmore said, and things don’t seem to be getting cooler anytime soon.

"Yesterday’s high temperature is just one in a string of days," Gilmore said. "Going back to last Tuesday when we started this stretch, it’s been a warm start to February. In fact, it’s been the warmest start to February on record."

Gilmore said a cooldown doesn’t seem to be coming and those high temperatures may sustain into March.

10News WTSP

Feels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area

Heading out for the morning commute, expect to see some low cloud cover. A frontal boundary drifting down central Florida brings little more than sparse cloud cover that could turn into rain. There is a low chance of isolated storms, with rain chances set around 20 percent.

That front will dissipate in Central Florida on Tuesday night and cloud cover will clear by Wednesday.

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