TAMPA, Fla. – Some cities will hit 90 degrees again this month
There is no doubt that Tampa Bay has been very hot this time of year. Yes, it is Florida and some say it should be hot! While it is true, our temperatures have been unusually warm since March 1, and in many cases similar to late May to early June.
This all has to do with the pattern that is present. High pressure parked above the head has resulted in continuous heat and a long stretch of dry weather. In fact, Tampa has only had a trail of rain since the beginning of the month. That’s not even measurable rain. One hundredth of an inch (0.01 “) is measurable rain, and Tampa hasn’t even had that.
Our pattern will not change soon. High pressure will amplify heat over the weekend, and temperatures can reach a record range.
Many cities around Tampa Bay have already reached 90 degrees this month. Lakeland and Brooksville both reached 91 degrees earlier this month. The heat expected on the weekend could exceed that of earlier with highs in the low to mid 90s, especially away from the coast.
Tampa has not yet reached 90 degrees this season, but it is quite possible by the end of the week.
Here we are from March 23 …
- Average March temp: 72.5 degrees
- Compared to average: +5.8 degrees
- Highest temperature yet: 89 degrees, March 21
- Average March temp: 71.5 degrees
- Compared to average: +3.5 degrees
- Highest temperature yet: 91 degrees, March 5
- Average March temp: 69.7 degrees
- Compared to average: +6.4 degrees
- Highest temperature yet: 91 degrees (March 19, 22)