Heatwave Alert Florida Cities Hit All-Time Highs, Map Reveals

Heatwave Alert: Florida Cities Hit All-Time Highs, Map Reveals

As Florida battles its first heat wave of the year, several cities in the southwest shattered records on Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Tampa beat its record for the highest daily temperature at 97 degrees.

The previous mark was 96 degrees, established on May 29, 2006. Sarasota-Bradenton, where temperatures reached 96 degrees, and Winter Haven, where they reached 99, also established records.

Punta Gorda also tied its record for daily high temperature of 98 degrees. The two previous hot periods in the city were 1945 and 2006. The 97-degree daily record was also tied in Brooksville, Florida.

In a post to X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday afternoon, WINK Chief Meteorologist Matt Devitt called the scenario a “scorcher” and shared a map depicting parts of southwest Florida that reached highs of 100 degrees during the day.

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The cities in Florida join more than a dozen others that endured record-breaking heat over the long weekend. On Sunday, daily highs were attained in Fort Lauderdale (96), West Palm Beach (95), Miami (96), and Orlando (97).

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Melbourne, Florida, saw its second-warmest May temperature ever on Memorial Day, reaching 98 degrees. At 98 degrees on Monday, Fort Pierce tied for its warmest day of the month.

For the Gulf of Mexico, southeast, southern, and southwest Florida as well as the Atlantic coastal seas, the NWS issued a hazardous weather forecast on Wednesday afternoon.

Forecasters cautioned that certain counties may have heat indices of 100 to 105 degrees during the day, and that by Wednesday evening, the region would see sporadic showers and thunderstorms.

The NWS stated that there is a chance of scattered storms for the remainder of the workweek, adding that “any storm will be capable of gusty winds, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours.”

“The rip current risk will increase over the east coast Friday into the weekend as onshore flow increases,” forecasts stated.

Over the weekend, southern Texas also experienced temperatures above 100 degrees. Later this summer, a “tremendous dome of heat and drought” that has been rising over Mexico will also affect portions of the southwestern and south-central U.S., according to a news release from Accuweather’s forecasters to Newsweek.

In the upcoming weeks, the system is predicted to start moving north. AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok stated in the press release that there is “potential for a prong of triple-digit heat to develop over the interior valley of California by the middle of next week.”

“But, most definitely, temperatures will trend upward significantly as a bubble of the Mexico heat moves up and into the western U.S.,” Pastelok said.

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