Forecast: Heat continues to build under increasingly sunny skies in Tampa Bay

Don't expect any relief from rain or wind as temperatures hold in the middle 90s.
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Published May 22

The good news is you won't have to worry about those pesky afternoon showers for a while.

The caveat? It's gonna be hot for a while. Like, really hot.

Afternoon highs over the next week will hold in the middle 90s in Tampa Bay, with Tuesday's high expected to hit 93, a few degrees shy of the 95-degree record. Even as the sun sets around 8:17 this evening, the temperature won't slip past 90. Overnight, temperatures will hold around the middle 70s.

According to the National Weather Service, a strong system of deep layered high pressure is sinking into the region Tuesday, keeping things hot and mostly dry. There's only a 10 percent chance for some showers to pop near Interstate 75, but even that remains unlikely.

As the day goes on, even more dry air will move into the area, virtually wiping out any chance for rain until Sunday, when high pressure begins to move over the Atlantic Ocean. Even then, forecasters said, the ridge of high pressure is so strong it's unlikely to see any significant rain activity into the early parts of next week.

There won't be much chance for relief from the heat either. Rain won't cool things and the sea breeze will barely hit the coast, keeping winds light and heat strong.

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