TAMPA, Fla. - Super Bowl LV kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021. The weather forecast for the Chiefs-Buccaneers matchup is coming into better focus.
FOX 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto said earlier this week that long-range models were suggesting a chance of rain at game time, but the timing of the storms became clearer as the week went on. The line of storms that pushed through overnight should be about it.
Meteorologist Tony Sadiku warns that there could be some scattered showers through the day, but he expects Tampa will be rain-free by gametime with temperatures in the upper 60s at kickoff. The temperature will drop to the lower 60s by the end of the game.
Winter in Florida has been unusually cool and damp thus far.
According to the National Weather Service, Tampa’s normal high temperature for February 7 is 72 degrees, while the normal low is 53. The record high for that date is 83, set in 1994, while the record low of 31 was set in 1978.
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The last time that Tampa hosted a Super Bowl, it was cooler than normal. The city’s high temperature on February 1, 2009 was 69 and the low was 38, but Cardinals fans probably felt a little chillier than victorious Steelers fans when the game was finally over.
The city’s official weather readings are taken at Tampa International Airport, which is just a mile west of Raymond James Stadium.