Tampa Bay just had its hottest October on record as average temperatures soared to nearly five degrees above normal — the hottest it’s been in 100 years — but a weekend cold front is about to offer some relief.
It won’t come right away, though. Temperatures will drop Saturday, and then really drop on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
“If you’re looking for a reason or times to try and wear a sweater, maybe that’ll be a reason to,” meteorologist Dustin Norman said. “We’ve been so hot, now anything feels good.”
The front began to stall Friday morning, draping over Florida from southern Polk County to Punta Gorda before coming to a stop over Okeechobee. As a result, Saturday’s high temperatures will be right around 80, which is close to normal. But thanks to the front, the humidity will drop significantly. The lows will fall down to the upper 60s.
Things will really start to cool down on Sunday, when some high pressure from the north ushers in more cool air and push the front a little further south. Sunday morning temperatures will drop to 60 and the highs will reach the 70s in the afternoon.
After setting another heat-related record for most consecutive days with temperatures above 70 degrees (155 days, from May 17 until Oct. 23, beating the 2018 record by three days), anything will seem like a relief, especially during these hot fall days.
How much hotter was the hottest October on record? The average temperature (the average of the high and low temperature of each day) that month was 81.1 degrees. Normally, it’s 76.2 degrees.
That made it the hottest October in 100 years, beating the previous record set in 1919 when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series and temperatures in Tampa Bay averaged 80.4.
How long will the cool weather last? Not long at all. The highs start to go back up to the mid 80s on Monday and through the week. But another cold front is expected to cool things down next weekend.