Searing heat continues to remain intact across Tampa Bay

Another October day, another potential record-high temperature in Tampa Bay.
Seven-day forecast on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Seven-day forecast on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 for the Tampa Bay area.
Published October 17

Another October day, another potential record-high temperature in Tampa Bay.

The record high for Tampa on Oct. 17 is 93, which was set in 1950. Consistent with a month-long trend of highs reaching the lower 90s, the National Weather Service says Wednesday’s high of 92 could challenge that record.

The record high for each day the rest of October is 91 or less.

To pair with the heat, forecasters say residents can expect clear skies and mostly sunny weather Wednesday, with a few showers developing in the afternoon and evening.

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

Overnight, temperatures will drop back to the mid-70s. As Thursday rolls in, however, forecasters say the heat will, too, with a projected high of 90 that would be the highest high since 1989.

Nearly a month into what’s officially deemed as fall, Tampa, on average, has its first day with a low below 60 on Oct. 17. In 2017, the first day that dipped below 60 in 2017 did not come until Oct. 25, according to the weather service.

This year, that day may come even later.

A cold front driving southeast and pushing high pressure south will bring cooler weather to Tampa Bay by Sunday, forecasters said, but still not be enough to dip the weather below 60.

Forecasters say Sunday's low will be 68, the second lowest of the month, with a high of 84.

While the cooler weather will likely be welcomed by residents hoping for a break from the heat, it will be accompanied by thunderstorms throughout the weekend, beginning Friday night, where there’s a 30 percent chance of rain.

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