September was the hottest on record in Tampa. October is providing no relief ... yet

Published October 1 2018
Updated October 1 2018

If anybody can withstand the heat, it's Floridians.

But for how long?

Last month was Tampa Bay's hottest September on record, producing record-high temperatures on seven different days. The trend of record and near-record highs doesn't appear to be slowing down, either, according to the National Weather Service.

Just one day into October, Monday's afternoon high is up to 93, just one degree shy of the record set last year in Tampa. Tuesday's projected high — 92 — is justone degree below the record for Oct. 2, set in 1983.

The same rings true for the rest of the week, with forecasters projecting highs of 90 or more every day this week.

EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area

The normal high during the first six days of October is 87, slipping to 86 for the next four, according to NWS data. If the highs in the weather service's 10-day forecasts are all reached — but not surpassed — Tampa would have an average high of 91.2.

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Residents shouldn't fret about having to carry a hand-held fan while trick-or-treating just yet, however.

"Normally, we’ll get a cold front over Florida sometime in mid-October," said Richard Rude, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Ruskin. "We’ll get an air mass that originates over Canada or the northern U.S. that sweeps into our area around that time."

So we'll have just wait until mid-month to finally feel a fall breeze?

Potentially, but it's not a guarantee.

On average, Tampa sees its first temperatures below 60 degrees on Oct. 17. Last year, however, that day didn’t come until Oct. 25.

So, Tampa, grab a water bottle and put down those sweatshirts. A hot, sweaty Halloween at the beach could be Florida's new October trend.

At least for the next week.

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Contact Josh Fiallo at jfiallo@tampabay.com. Follow @ByJoshFiallo.

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