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Forecast: Halloween will be hot. The weekend will be cool.

Going trick-or-treating in Tampa Bay? That costume better be breathable.
Abundant Halloween decorations are seen in much of the Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg. The neighborhood has become a destination for trick-or-treaters from across the city. Photos by Edward Linsimer
Published Oct. 30

Better wear that short-sleeve costume this Halloween.

The Tampa Bay area is in store for another hot October evening on Thursday with a high of 88 and temperatures hovering around the mid-80s until about sunset Thursday.

That means another hot and humid Halloween this year as temperatures stay about 5 t0 8 degrees higher than average, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Davis.

While the heat isn’t ideal for trick-or-treating in makeup and heavy costumes, Davis said at least Tampa Bay residents won’t have to worry about water-proofing their jack-o'-lanterns. There will be a 20 percent chance of rain, Davis said, but if a storm does open up it should pass through quickly.

Halloween for the rest of the country won’t be as dry. Up and down the east coast, thunderstorms are expected from Atlanta to as far north as Boston. Atlanta is also expected to be under a flood watch by Thursday night, according to the weather service.

“We do not expect a washout in Tampa,” said Davis. “If there is a shower or storm, it’ll be very brief.”

As October turns to November, the heat and humidity Tampa Bay has experienced this fall will, at least briefly, come to an end. Davis said a cold front is expected to move into the area late Thursday night — after trick or treating is over, however — that will bring cooler, 60s-like weather this weekend. Expect lows in the 60s on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“It’ll cool us off and the humidity will drop significantly as well,” Davis said. “Temps aren’t going to be unbelievably cold, but it’ll be nicer than we felt in a while.”

Davis said the drop in temperatures could be a part of a pattern change that could continue throughout November.

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