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Vero Beach breaks daily heat record Friday

VERO BEACH — Summertime is approaching…and so is the heat. The week ahead will show more seasonally warm temperatures, with the heat index expected to reach 103 degrees on Tuesday, meteorologists said.

Last Friday, Indian River County broke a nearly 50-year-old heat record.

The intense, hot and dry weather comes as county officials issued a burn ban last week. The ban remains in effect until further notice as firefighters battle small brush fires as they pop up.

Vero Beach broke the daily heat record when the temperature soared to 96 degrees on Friday. The high surpassed the previous record of 95 degrees, last set on the same day in 1976, said Tim Sedlock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

The humidity led the city to almost exceed two other daily highs.

On Friday morning, Vero Beach had a daily warm minimum temperature of 75 degrees, tying the last record set on the same day in 1991. The city’s record high for Thursday at 93 degrees tied the previous daily high last set in 1967, Sedlock said.

Temperatures for this week will climb to the mid-90s for Vero Beach, according to weather experts.

Monday will have a high in the upper 80s, while Tuesday through Friday will have temps in the low-to-mid 90s. The days will be sunny, and the evenings will be partly cloudy, officials said.

Tuesday and Wednesday will have a 50-to-60 percent chance of showers, according to meteorologists.

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