It will be very hot but mostly dry for the first day of school in most Tampa Bay area counties.
That includes this morning, with lows forecast near 80 as students wait at bus stops or walk to campus, according to the National Weather Service.
The temperatures rise steadily until midafternoon highs reach the low 90s, when kids are heading home, according to the weather service.
The heat index, a measurement combining temperature and humidity, may hit 98, which is considered a dangerous level, the weather service said.
Rain chances are at 20 percents, with most of the storms inland.
Schools open today in Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and most other Bay area counties. The forecast on Tuesday, when Hillsborough schools begin, will be much like today.