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More record heat possible for Tampa Bay before an expected weekend cool-down

Forecast on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area. Expect mostly sunny skies and hot with near record high temperatures in the lower 90s. (National Weather Service)
Forecast on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area. Expect mostly sunny skies and hot with near record high temperatures in the lower 90s. (National Weather Service)
Published Oct. 16, 2018

Tampa Bay may sweat through another record-breaking day of high temperatures as partly cloudy skies and little chance of rain offer no reprieve from Tuesday's sunshine.

Temperatures rose to 92 by Monday afternoon, tying the record set in 1990, and that trend may continue through Wednesday as an area of high pressure continues to dominate Florida's forecast. Temperatures Tuesday should again reach the lower 90s with plenty of sunshine and high humidity, challenging the previous record high set in 1959, according to the National Weather Service.

EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area

Overnight, temperatures will drop back to the mid 70s with mostly clear skies. Expect the heat, high humidity and low rain chances to continue Wednesday. Rain chances will increase as an eastern-flowing sea breeze drives afternoon scattered showers and thunderstorms inland.

Forecasters say the area of high pressure, which has dominated the Florida forecast for the past month and a half, should begin to weaken and move east. By Sunday, a cold front driving southeast could push that high pressure even further, helping to produce the beginning of the fall cool-down.

This cold front could drive temperatures below average, raise rain chances and increase winds on Sunday and Monday.

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Contact Devin Rodriguez at drodriguez@tampabay.com or follow @devlinspooks

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