There's no sign of heat letting up as Tampa Bay heads into Memorial Day weekend. If anything, it's ramping up.
Friday's high is expected to hit 94 degrees, just two degrees shy of the 96-degree record set in 2012. The weekend is expected to get even hotter, with an at-record temperature of 96 degrees on Saturday and 95 on Sunday. Overnight temperatures should only drop to the low and middle 70s.
According to the National Weather Service, it's not out of the question for some areas to see temperatures hit 100 degrees over the weekend. The unseasonably hot temperature comes courtesy of a deep ridge of high pressure holding to the north of Florida. The ridge is bringing in dry, warm air to the region in spades. That dry air is keeping rain away as well, with the chance of afternoon showers under 10 percent for the next week.
The Weather Service said the ridge isn't going anywhere for a while. So, temperatures in the middle and high 90s will last through the next week.
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