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Heat and high humidity arrive in Tampa Bay for Fourth of July

Larry and Ginger Akins, of Brandon, cool off with fans in the bed of their truck during the Fourth of July parade in 2018 in Brandon. [Times (2018)]
Larry and Ginger Akins, of Brandon, cool off with fans in the bed of their truck during the Fourth of July parade in 2018 in Brandon. [Times (2018)]
Published Jul. 3, 2019

The triple-digit heat advisories are returning to Tampa Bay for the Fourth of July holiday, but this time with a bonus: some rain to cool off.

Today's heat advisory is in effect from noon to 6 p.m., extending from Hernando to Sarasota counties and into Polk. High temperatures will hit the low to mid 90s across the Tampa Bay area with high humidity and heat indices of 108 to 112 degrees. The heat index will remain at just over 100 degrees Thursday.

High humidity will affect anyone who will be outdoors, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's definitely important for people to pay attention to their own bodies," Austen Flannery, a NWS forecaster said.

It's important to stay hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible to avoid any heat-related illnesses. Young children and the elderly, Flannery said, are the most susceptible to those issues.

Chances for rain range from 30 to 60 percent Wednesday and Thursday, with the possibility of some severe storms and winds in southwest and west central Florida.

Contact Dinorah Prevost at dprevost1@tampabay.com. Follow @dprevost1.