Forecast: It's October, but record heat remains across Tampa Bay

Seven-day forecast on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Seven-day forecast on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Published October 1 2018

Tampa Bay can expect October to start the same way it endured September: Record heat.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say only one day in September had a below-average temperature, while seven days had record highs and the month as a whole was the hottest on record.

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Forecasters say the heat will remain to start October, with highs above 90 every day this week.

For Monday, residents can expect partly cloudy skies for most of the day, forecasters say. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s around lunchtime, including a high of 93, while the feels-like temperatures could reach up to 99.

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That would be only one degree off the record of 94 for Oct. 1 in Tampa, set last year.

Monday night, residents can expect temperatures to hover in the upper 70s, with a projected low of 76. There will be a 30 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms from 5 p.m. until sunset, forecasters say.

Not much will change Tuesday. Highs will reach 92, with mostly sunny skies through the morning and lunchtime, then a 30 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms at night.

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Contact Josh Fiallo at jfiallo@tampabay.com. Follow @ByJoshFiallo.

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