East-Central Florida has been record warm at night this month. (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)
The calendar said October 10, but Tampa baked under July-type heat Tuesday with a high of 94 degrees. It tied a 76-year-old record high set in 1941.
The heat index topped out at 99, which would have been worse if not for low relative humidity levels in the mid-40-percent range.
More record warm lows were tied or set on Florida’s East-Central Coast on Tuesday. Records were broken in Vero Beach and Melbourne with 79 and 80 degrees, respectively.
Record warm lows were tied in Orlando and Daytona Beach with temperatures of 75 and 76, respectively. The Daytona Beach temperature matched a mark set 83 years ago in 1934.
Rain was already heading toward the Florida peninsula Wednesday. (Credit: NOAA)
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL is possible Thursday and Friday afternoons in South Florida, the National Weather Service in Miami says. The trigger is an upper level low pressure system that’s about to slide in from the Bahamas.
Later in the weekend, a cold front stalls over Central Florida and at the same time, a tropical wave rolls in from the Atlantic. That should keep rain chances high — at least 60 percent — through Saturday night and 40 percent Sunday.
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is predicting about 2.5 inches of rain over southeastern Florida through Monday.
HALLOWEEN FORECASTS can be tricky three weeks out, but the Farmer’s Almanac insists that most people east of the Mississippi are in for a treat with nice weather for the holiday.
The includes Florida and the southeastern U.S. Stormy Halloween weather is expected in the Rocky Mountain States, the South-Central U.S. and California, Oregon and Washington.
Long-range AccuWeather forecast show a little different picture, with quite pleasant Halloween weather in the West.
The forecast for a few selected cities, according to AccuWeather: Boston, clouds, 61 and 43; Orlando, thunderstorms, 78 and 67; Chicago, clouds, 63 and 51; St. Louis, sunny, 69 and 51; Denver, sunny, 64 and 34; Phoenix, sunny, 85 and 61; Los Angeles, sunny, 78 and 58; Seattle, rain, 58 and 46.