There’s nothing quite like grabbing pumpkins in Hyde Park Village. | Photo via @hydeparkvillage
We know the question on your mind, Tampa Bay residents — when’s it going to get cool?
Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for September, October, and November. While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.
Reminder: The first day of fall is on Saturday, Sept. 23.
We know how Florida weather is — think warm. This fall, the Tampa Bay area has a 40-50% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.
Expect slightly more precipitation. The area has a 33-40% chance of seeing higher than average rainfall amounts this fall.
This month marks the transition from summer to fall, but toastier temperatures may stick around. On average, the high in September for the Tampa Bay area is 86°, and the prediction for higher-than-normal temps this fall mean we probably won’t be bustin’ out the flannels quite yet.
Temperatures start to cool off a bit more in October, with the average low sitting around 69°. The average high for this month is 82°, but gentle breezes typically help us from being too warm.
November is when we really start to see some cooler temps. Historically, highs are in the mid-70°s this month, and rainfall is much lower — plan for clear days that are perfect for throwing on a light jacket, grabbing a coffee, and taking a stroll.
“New Girl” Trivia Night | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6-9 p.m. | Top Shelf Sports Lounge, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel | Price of purchase | Who’s that girl? Who’s that girl? It’s you acing this “New Girl"-themed trivia night.
Friday, Sept. 15
Ybor City: A Conversation with Sarah McNamara | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-8 p.m. | Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Historian Sarah McNamara is joined by her peer Gary Mormino to share more of the political shifts that defined Ybor City.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Kenny Loggins | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | The Sound, 255 Drew St., Clearwater | $59-$100 | Watch this two-time Grammy winner who has earned the nickname of “The Soundtrack King.”
Water Lantern Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Hwy., Hudson | $27-$56 | Craft your own paper lantern and watch it set sail into the night — plus enjoy food trucks and music.
Sunday, Sept. 17
The Market at Water Street Tampa | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Water Street Tampa, 1045 E. Cumberland Ave., Tampa | Free | This month’s market dives into Latin American cultures with food, performances, and art in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Yuengling Oktoberfest | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen, 11109 N. 30th St., Tampa | Price of purchase | Check out the brewer’s special Oktoberfest menu, enjoy live music, and sip on the Yuengling Oktoberfest beer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 1 p.m. | Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa | $94-$370 | Head to Raymond James to cheer on the Bucs as they take on the Chicago Bears in their first home game.
Developer Silverstein Properties — known for its work on the World Trade Center Towers — plans to build a new mixed-use project in the NoHo District called Cass Street Tower. The city recently approved the 35-story building that’s set to feature 450 multi-family units, 9,430 sqft of restaurant and retail space, and 436 parking spaces.
The Tampa Riverwalk opening at the port may not happen any time soon. A study group for the plan recently revealed in its findings that the project could be more complicated than originally thought. One leader said that this is due in part to security, infrastructure, safety, and liability issues. (Tampa Bay Times)
A new homemade ice cream shop is coming soon to Bayshore Boulevard. Queue Strachan’s — from the same minds behind Strachan’s Ice Cream & Desserts — doesn’t have an official opening date yet, but you can stay updated via Facebook. (That’s So Tampa)
A pour-your-own wine and beer lounge will open at the Shoppes of Kenwood this Friday, Sept. 15. “The Study” will have six beer taps and multiple wine taps, including a few high-end wines. The best part of the concept? No need to wait in line for the bartender. (St. Pete Rising)
The SunRunner recently celebrated its one millionth rider, Geneva Gibbs. The retired nurse was awarded a card valid for one year of free rides from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Hoping to use the bus system yourself while it’s still free? Check out these ideas.
Here’s some sweet news. Fully-vegan dessert shop Gabby Bakes (4404 N. Florida Ave.) will host its first walk-up pastry box day at its new brick-and-mortar location on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 1 p.m., or until everything is sold out. (That’s So Tampa)
In case you missed it, NYC-based pizza chain Champion Pizza may be coming to Seminole Heights. Signs for the chain have been spotted in the windows of the former Ichicoro’s location. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
We may live in Florida and love the sunshine, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want a little fall foliage.
Unfortunately, however... we live in Florida, and the sunshine loves us. According to this fall foliage predication map, we can’t expect peak foliage until late November (if at all). It’s not all bad news, though — there are various destinations nearby that are perfect for a leaf-peeping road trip. Here are a few we recommend:
Sneads, FL | ~4.5-hour drive | Just northwest of Tallahassee, head to Three Rivers State Park in Sneads for scenic fall views.
Bristol, FL | ~4.5-hour drive | One of the most popular Florida destinations to see fall foliage, Torreya State Park’s location near the edge of the Appalachians makes for better color than the rest of the state.
Savannah, GA | ~5-hour drive | This nearby city is known for being a magical place to visit come October.
As a Chicagoan, I’m not supposed to say “Go Bucs” this week... but for you guys, I’ll do anything. I’ll be cheering on both teams this weekend (and yes, I do enjoy sitting on the fence, thank you very much).