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After record-setting day in Tampa, last day of summer brings more stifling heat

Weather in Tampa on Thursday took one step above the previous record high, then another for good measure.

The high temperature in Tampa reached 96 degrees Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. That beat the old record of 94 by two degrees. The old record was hit last year, as well as in 1974 and 1991.

Temperatures Friday -- one day before the official first day of fall -- and going into the weekend are expected to peak just below record highs. But that could change.

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"We're not forecasting it, but in the summer it's always a possibility," said Stephen Shiveley, a meteorologist with the weather service in Ruskin. "If we don't get a thunderstorm or cloud cover in the afternoon, you can see that pretty quick."

The high today is expected to reach 93, a few degrees shy of the 95-degree record set in 1990. Temperatures Saturday and Sunday are also expected to peak around the low-to-mid 90s. Overnight lows will cool to high 70s.

And while temperatures continue to climb, so too will chances of rain. There's about a 40 percent chance of rain throughout the weekend, but pockets of wet weather could persist throughout the day in various areas.

Inland showers during the morning should dry out by midday, but more scattered thunderstorms and showers are expected around 2 p.m., especially south of Interstate 4 along the coast as an easterly flow meets a weak west coast seabreeze. Those should clear up around 9 p.m., forecasters said

Weather over the weekend is forecast to mimic Friday with fairly typical late-summer patterns of hot, humid temperatures mixed with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

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