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Labor Day can be considered the unofficial end of summer, but that won’t be the case here in Central Florida as we maintain summer-like heat with a few thunderstorms this afternoon, especially to the north and west of the Orlando area. Although the air mass in place is slightly drier, we will only have to face isolated showers and storms; the chance for rain today stands at 30 percent. Highs will climb into the lower 90s under partly sunny skies. Humidity will drop back some, though heat index numbers could still flirt with the triple-digit figures where rain does not fall.
Skies will stay partly cloudy into the overnight hours. Lows will fall to the mid-70s area-wide.
Wednesday will bring similar weather, with highs in the low to mid-90s and spotty late day storms. By Thursday, rain chances will go up, lasting through the rest of the week. An upper-level area of low pressure will approach from the east, spreading increased moisture across Central Florida. Unsettled weather will result through Saturday. Lower rain chances will resume late in the weekend. Highs each day will stay close to the seasonal average in the low 90s; coastal areas will run in the upper 80s to near 90 each afternoon.
As for the tropics, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season formed early on Tuesday morning. Tropical Storm Dolly is in the Bay of Campeche and moving toward the east coast of Mexico. This system poses no threat to Florida. There are a few other weak tropical waves in the Central Atlantic but they are not in a favorable environment for development.
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