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Tampa Bay area counties in extreme drought conditions

While we're still about two months away from the official start of summer, the Tampa Bay area is, of course, already seeing summer-like conditions. On Thursday, the latest update from the drought monitor index showed that several local counties are considered to be in extreme drought conditions.

Parts of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Pasco and Hernando counties are included in the latest update. According to the monitor, possible impacts during extreme drought conditions include major crop or pasture loss and widespread water shortages or restrictions.