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Holy hot: Florida avoids severe weather but has a scorching Easter Sunday

Florida was scorching on Sunday, but avoided severe weather that ravaged the southeast.

No, it wasn’t just because you’ve been stuck in quarantine: It was way hotter than usual this Easter Sunday.

So much so, the heat set a new record for the holiday in cities throughout Tampa Bay.

Tampa got as hot as 91 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, replacing the city’s previous high of 89 for the holiday from 1974. Those in Hillsborough County didn’t get the worst of the heat, though.

The highest temperature recorded on Sunday, April 12 throughout Tampa Bay. [National Weather Service]

Brooksville set a new record for Easter as well, topping out at 98. Lakeland and Winter Haven both reached 95.

Monday will still be hot in Tampa Bay with a high of 85, according to forecasters at Spectrum Bay News 9, but not quite as much as Sunday’s heat. Monday will also be humid and windy, with wind gusts throughout the region reaching 25 miles per hour and more.

“It’s warm, it’s humid and it’s windy,” said Bay News 9 forecaster Juli Marquez on Monday.

There will only be a slight chance for rain on Monday, according to forecaster Diane Kacmarik. But as a stalled cold front in the Gulf of Mexico inches closer, there will be a 50 percent chance of rain on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Severe weather spared Florida on Sunday but ravaged other parts of the southeast, where tornadoes touched down in Mississippi and Lousiana.

At least eight people are dead from the tornadoes, according to the Weather Channel, while hundreds of thousands remain without power.

Among the eight deaths is a sheriff’s deputy from Lawrence County in Mississippi and his wife. The department released a statement on its Facebook calling Deputy Robert Ainsworth a hero.

Forecasters predict the severe weather will continue eastward on Monday, where some of Florida’s northernmost counties will be under tornado warnings.

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