Sarasota busts 79-year-old high temperature mark with 100 degrees

Sarasota is Florida’s new century city — the high temperature hit 100 degrees on Thursday.

The sizzling triple-digit mark wiped out the old record of 97 set 79 years ago in 1938.

Tampa also set another record Thursday with a high of 97, breaking the record of 93 set in 1995.

On the East Coast, Daytona Beach tied a record warm low with 73, matching a mark last set in 1980. Thursday’s low at Vero Beach was 76, breaking the old record of 75 set in 1989.

Heat safety Melbourne

The National Weather Service put out this warning as record-setting heat continued to bake the Florida peninsula. The heat may stick around through the middle of next week, forecasters said. (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)

EAST COAST RAINFALL: A quarter of an inch of rain fell in West Palm Beach early Friday morning as spotty showers continued to stream in from the Bahamas. Miami reported 0.11 of an inch late Thursday night; and 0.19 fell in Fort Lauderdale in the wee hours of Friday morning.

In the Keys, 0.05 of an inch washed down the streets in Key West around 5 a.m., while a more potent shower doused Marathon with 0.15 of an inch; and the Boca Chica Naval Air Station measured 0.18 of an inch.

Fort Pierce reported 0.06 of an inch overnight; 0.02 fell in Vero Beach and 0.01 in Melbourne.

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APRIL IN REVIEW: Temperatures across Florida were significantly above normal in April, ranging from plus-1.1 degrees in Key West to plus-5.1 degrees in Tampa, where it was the second-warmest April on record, according to the Florida Climate Center newsletter.

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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