Today's Weather Forecast for the Orlando Area
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Higher rain chances are in store for today as a slow-moving early-season cold front slides down the peninsula from the north. Along and ahead of this feature, numerous showers and storms will result. Ample moisture will fuel localized downpours; lightning could also accompany some of the stronger cells. Increased cloud cover throughout the day will confine temperatures to the upper 80s in most spots, which is down a bit from recent days in the low 90s.
Showers will become isolated into the overnight hours as lows bottom out in the low to mid-70s. Cloudy skies will linger into Thursday morning as the front pushes through but stalls to our south. With this feature nearby for the duration of the week, it will be the focus of additional showers and storms.
Winds ahead of the front today will be out of the west-southwest; by Thursday morning they will shift to the northwest and eventually northeast, pulling in slightly drier air. The contrast in air mass will not be drastic, but some may be able to feel the lower humidity, especially by Friday. Highs will continue to run in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees, a minimal change from recent days.
The other feature to today’s weather will be the hazardous marine conditions developing from distant Hurricane Edouard. Although the center of low pressure is hundreds of miles away from North America, the increased swell will extend up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Seas will rise to 3 to 4 feet, especially choppy on the inlets during the outgoing tide. Dangerous rip current will exist at the beaches; check with a lifeguard for local conditions.
Typical summertime sea breeze-driven afternoon thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through the start of next week as we ride out the final days of summer. The autumnal equinox will occur at 10:29 p.m. Monday signaling the official start of fall.
In the tropics, Hurricane Edouard is losing strength over 500 miles east-northeast of Bermuda and continues to pose no threat to land. It will lose intensity and tropical characteristics as it passes over cooler waters of the North Atlantic and eventually curves east toward the Azores. The only other system of note is a wave of low pressure just exiting the west coast of Africa that is showing a low likelihood of development when it emerges over water. Otherwise, there are no other systems in the Atlantic basin with potential for development over the next 48 hours.
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