Wednesday brought another day of record-setting warmth to Tampa Bay. Skies across the area were sunny to mostly sunny, and no rainfall was recorded anywhere across west-central Florida.
After an unseasonably balmy morning with readings starting out in the upper 60s around Tampa Bay, temperatures at all four of the area’s major reporting stations reached or exceeded 80 degrees by the middle of the afternoon. Highs across west-central Florida included 80 degrees in St. Petersburg, 83 degrees in Clearwater, 85 degrees in Tampa, and 86 degrees at MacDill Air Force Base.
Two records were set in the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday afternoon. Tampa International Airport set a new record for Jan. 9 with the aforementioned high temperature of 85 degrees. Just to the south of Tampa Bay, the Sarasota-Bradenton (Fla.) International Airport climbed to 87 degrees.
April-like warmth expected around Tampa Bay for several more days
The weather for the period from Thursday until next Wednesday shows no significant changes for Tampa Bay, as the unseasonably warm weather the area has experienced on Tuesday and Wednesday will persist for another seven days.
There will be morning fog, followed by mostly sunny afternoons each day, with precipitation coverage no higher than ten percent through the period. Morning lows will range from 60 to 68 degrees, and afternoon highs will climb to between 78 and 86 degrees.