Tampa Bay experienced record-breaking heat on Monday when the temperature rose to a striking 88 degrees. That’s been the hottest day this year and the hottest day on record in February.
A day later, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Grant Gilmore said, more of the same is expected.
TAMPA BAY HEAT! We smashed the record high yesterday afternoon and it looks like we could set another record high today. Here are all the details: https://t.co/DcZA9Ff79J #TampaBay #flwx pic.twitter.com/2QXuWYtX72— Grant Gilmore (@grant_gilmore) February 20, 2018
In 1997, the record high for Feb. 19 was 86. That same year, the record was set for Feb. 20 at 87 degrees.
Tuesday’s high is expected to climb to 87, Gilmore said, and that heat will stick around throughout the week with a slight cooldown expected for the weekend.
"It’s a good day to get out on the boat today," said Grant Gilmore, the 10Weather WTSP meteorologist. "We’re working with beautiful conditions and clear skies. Expect nice warm weather."
The National Weather Service predicts dry weather with only a minimal chance of a scattered shower. Patchy fog may appear in the morning throughout the week, primarily surfacing near the Nature Coast.
Temperatures on Tuesday night will drop into the lower 70s with a comfortable breeze around 5-10 mph.
Wednesday’s forecast high of 88 would break the record set in 1961 by a degree.
A cool-down will send highs into the lower 80s later in the week, with the only rain chances coming on Sunday at 20 percent, Gilmore said.