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A moist and unstable atmosphere led to intense rain for the late afternoon and evening hours Monday here in Central Florida, and we’ll be looking at more of the same as we move along through our Tuesday. And after a long period of inactivity across the tropics, a new storm system in the Atlantic continues to show some signs of intensification as it move west toward the Leeward Islands.
Many areas managed to accumulate more than 2 inches of rain with strong, slow-moving thunderstorms yesterday, and we’ll be looking at the same type of set up as we move through our Tuesday. Temperatures will climb to the upper 80s and low 90s after starting the day with partly sunny skies. That build in temperatures will lead to the development of sea breezes from each coast and another round of strong, slow-moving thunderstorms this afternoon. Once again, we’ll want to watch for heavy downpours that could lead to 2 to 3 inches of accumulation in some areas; along with frequent lightning and some strong downdraft winds gusting to the 35 to 45 mph range.
Storms should hold until after sunset, and then begin to quiet down once we move beyond midnight. Partly cloudy skies with only a few showers just off the coast will be in the forecast as temperatures return to the low and mid-70s overnight.
The seasonal summertime pattern continues as we move through the rest of the week. Highs are forecast to top close to the 90 degree mark for coast areas, with low to mid-90s for the interior. Look for partly sunny skies with afternoon showers and thunderstorms each day, with most action occurring in the mid- to late afternoon and then quieting down after sunset.
In the tropics, there was little change in the appearance of Tropical Depression Two in the overnight hours. It continues to produce a small area of convection, and environment ahead of it does not favor strengthening. As it moves toward the Lesser Antilles, dry air and an increase in shearing winds are expected to lead toward a weakening of the low over the next couple of days.
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