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No relief from the heat with record highs possible for Tampa Bay

Folks around Tampa Bay should not expect any relief from this week's unseasonably warm temperatures as sparse cloud cover will provide little shade from the overbearing sunshine that will rocket temperatures into the 90s by lunchtime.

To make matters worse, the humidity will drive the heat index into the triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.

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Tuesday morning should be relatively dry after Monday night's showers and thunderstorms. By early afternoon, expect highs to soar to 94 -- which would tie the record for Tampa set in 1986, forecasters said.

There is a 50-60 percent chance for late-afternoon showers and thunderstorms, lasting into the evening. Many of these storms will travel from the east coast and become more active as they collide with the afternoon coastal breeze.

They could last well into the night and dissipate before dawn, with lows in the low 70s.

Expect much of the same Wednesday, forecasters said.


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