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Sunday to remain pleasant in Tampa Bay ahead of Monday warm-up

Sunday’s weather is expected to be just a tad warmer than Saturday. There is no chance of rain.
The downtown Tampa skyline, looking north from south of the Kennedy Street Bridge.
The downtown Tampa skyline, looking north from south of the Kennedy Street Bridge. [ Tampa Tribune ]
Published Feb. 20

Saturday was blissful throughout Tampa Bay, where there were clear skies, no rain and the mercury in thermometers at Tampa International Airport never exceeded 65.

Similar weather is expected for our region Sunday — where the chance of rain is still zero and the sun won’t be impeded by cloudy skies, according to Dan Sobien of the National Weather Service.

The only difference between the two days will be a slightly warmer afternoon, Sobien said. But still, the high Sunday isn’t expected to eclipse a cool 74.

It’s an opportunity for Tampa Bay to enjoy rocking their jackets ahead of what’s expected to be another warm week as we inch closer to springtime.

The high for Monday will be in the lower 80s, Sobien said, while humidity levels will rise along with the day’s chance of rain — which was pegged at 40 percent as of Saturday afternoon.

“It will be a slow warm-up all the way until we’re in the 80s again by Monday afternoon,” Sobien said.

The exception to Monday’s rise in temperatures will be for those in coastal Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to Sobien. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico still have surface temperatures in the lower 70s, which should keep the air from reaching 80 on Monday.

Sobien projects that another front will enter our region Tuesday that will slightly drop temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday — but not to the level of Saturday’s lows in the 40s. Then, by Thursday, we’ll be back to having highs in the 80s for the rest of the week.

While anything is possible, Sobien says, he projects that we’re entering a point of the year where cold fronts that bring temperatures into the 40s will start to become few and far between. Instead, we can expect to see temperatures approaching the low 90s — something that has already become a reality for South Florida this weekend.

“We’ll have to enjoy this weather while we can,” Sobien said.