It was awfully hot Friday in Tampa Bay for an early February day.
According to Bay News 9, Friday’s high of 86 degrees in Tampa narrowly beat out Tampa’s old record-high temperature for Feb. 9, 85 degrees in 1939. Tampa’s highest February temperature is 88 degrees set on Feb. 26, 1971.
Bradenton was pretty warm, too. Friday’s local high was 84 degrees. That’s just shy of 1994’s record-high 86 degrees in the city.
But, according to the National Weather Service, the cool down has already begun. Friday night’s low was expected to be 65 degrees with a slight 20 percent chance of showers, along with bits of fog.
Forecoasters say the fog will linger until Saturday morning before the skies clear out, resulting in a partly sunny forecast for the day and a high of 80 degrees. The NWS says to expect a low of 65 Saturday night.
The forecast is similar on Sunday, with a 79-degree high and partly sunny skies early. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms will last throughout Sunday night, when the temperature drops to 66.
Slight chances of showers and thunderstorms continue into Monday, which will see a high of 80 degrees. Monday night will be mostly cloudy with a low of 66, according to the NWS.