For one day this week — or, rather, this month — temperatures will drop below the current level of too-darn-hot.
Tampa Bay will get slight relief from its record-setting run of hot temperatures Wednesday as a weak cold front makes its way across the region. Since May 17, temperatures in the bay area haven’t dipped below 70 degrees. And for much of October, temperatures have been well above normal. Tuesday’s high was 87 degrees. The normal is 83.
The small cold front is expected to drop the temperature to around 82 degrees Wednesday, right around normal. It’s not much, but even meteorologists welcome the relief. The low Wednesday is expected to hit 67 degrees, ending the record-setting run of consecutive days above 70 at 157.
“It will potentially be the first time since winter, essentially, that we’ll drop below 70,” National Weather Service forecaster Rodney Wynn said. “We all want this as much as everyone else does.”
It’s also going to be dry. This cold front is the first of the seasonal pattern where Florida gets cold fronts every five-to-seven days. The fronts are often associated with low-pressure systems that can push bands of storms ahead of them. However, the low pressure associated with this front is well to the north, Wynn said, so Wednesday will be drier than we’ve seen this week.
Humidity is expected to drop to 70 percent Wednesday. That’s down significantly from 90 on Tuesday.
But don’t get to used to it.
“Tomorrow will be the most comfortable-feeling day of the week,” Wynn said. “Cool and dry, then right back to (above) normal on Thursday.”
The front will be gone quicker than it came, and temperatures are expected to bounce right back to 87 on Thursday and through the week. The Weather Service forecasts temperatures around the middle-80s through the end of the month.