It’s steamy, it’s sizzling ...but not yet summer

MANATEE — We could call it steamy, we might call it sizzling, but it is not yet summer.

The official first day of summer does not arrive until Monday.

Still, with high temperatures reaching Tuesday into the sweat-inducing 90s, Mother Nature was doing a pretty good imitation of the year’s warmest season.

At the National Weather Service station in Ruskin, the weatherman sighed, and said with a note of resignation: “Florida’s going to be hot, no matter what.”

The forecast for today called for more of the same: Afternoon highs in the upper 80s along the coast, in the mid-90s inland, west winds 5 to 10 mph, and about a 40 percent chance of rain.

It predicted the heat index readings, which combine air temperature and relative humidity in order to gauge how hot it feels to the human body, will hover from 102 to 107.

The official forecast: “An upper level ridge will remain over the southern U.S. and Florida.”

That means a continuation of hot and humid weather through Thursday, with isolated thunderstorms developing as sea breezes move inland around midday each day.

“Temperatures will continue to run a few degrees above normal,” it said.

Oh, baby. A favorite antidote: A wicker chair and a cold, fragrant glass of homemade iced tea.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.