Some say it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. This week, it’s definitely the heat.
The same strong ridge of high pressure that brought Wednesday's near record breaking high of 94 degrees (the record is 95, set in 1975) remains in control as temperatures again approach the middle 90s Thursday.
The expected high is 93 degrees, which is hotter than normal, but the humidity will not be a factor. The high-pressure ridge has ushered in drier air, keeping rain chances and the humidity low. Overnight temperatures will again hold around the low 70s.
According to the National Weather Service, the dry heat will hold well into Memorial Day weekend as temperatures rise to the middle and upper 90s, encroaching on some triple digits.
And, as has been the case for most of the week, neither rain nor wind will offer relief.
EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area
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