ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Residents of the Bradenton-Sarasota area were welcomed with warm weather this week, with near record high temperatures.
The high temperature for the Bradenton-Sarasota area Monday was 86 degrees -- just six degrees off the record temperature, according to the National Weather Service.
"It looks like the record temperature was 92 (for Nov. 2), so I don't think we hit that today," NWS meteorologist Rodney Wynn told the Herald Monday afternoon. "But that's up there."
According to the National Weather Service, that record temperature was logged back in 1971.
Wynn said Tuesday and Wednesday will see similar conditions, with a predicted high of 88 degrees each day.
"We're just looking for a slight chance of showers Tuesday through Wednesday night -- 20 percent (chance) on Tuesday and 40 percent on Wednesday," Wynn said.
The meteorologist said the skies are expected to clear up Thursday and Friday.
According to Bay News 9, Monday night will see partly cloudy skies with warm and muggy conditions.
Over on Anna Maria Island, tourists enjoyed the warm, sandy beaches Monday.
Monika Preim and Pavel Porochin of Berlin, Germany, came to Coquina Beach Monday looking for warm weather, and they found it. A plus was the breezy conditions, which allowed them to fly their well-traveled skull-and-crossbones kite.
Coquina Beach was just the latest stop for the couple and their flexible kite, which folds easily into luggage. Previously, it has flown in Portugal, Ireland, Los Angeles, Kenya and Thailand, Preim said.
Preim, Porochin and many others enjoyed the blissful, balmy weather, in their swimsuits. Tourists don't come to Bradenton to wear jackets and hats.
Nearby, a group of five -- Malcolm and Glynis Ashworth, and Michael, Lesley, and John Goodwin, had crossed the pond from England to bask in the warmth and the salt air. Back in London on Monday, it was 55 degrees and party cloudy.
"It's going to maintain well above normal temperature," Wynn said of this week's weather. "The normal for this time of year is 81 degrees for daytime high... it's going to be 6 to 8 degrees above normal."
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@jajones1.