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High pressure is governing our weather pattern here in Central Florida, and is forecast to stick around for the duration of the workweek. A cold front has pushed to the south and drier northeast winds have taken over. The airmass is slightly cooler, as indicated by this morning’s cooler readings in the 50s north and west of Orlando. The afternoon hours will feature mostly to partly sunny skies with highs mostly in the low-80s. Coastal areas will top out in the upper 70s with the influence of the breeze coming in off the water.
The dominant ridge of high pressure is helping to block a surge of tropical moisture originating in the Bay of Campeche with the remnants of Tropical Depression Nine, and it will help steer the area of low pressure toward the western Caribbean in the next few days. Meanwhile, this feature will provide Central Florida with mainly dry days and seasonable temperatures for the duration of the workweek. At best, a low 20 percent of rain will result for southern Brevard and Osceola counties Friday and Saturday as tropical moisture over South Florida shifts east. For the bulk of Central Florida, drier air will filter in behind the low for the weekend yielding to plenty of sun each day with highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.
In the tropics, there are two areas being watched for development over the next few days. Post-Tropical Depression Nine will shift east over the Yucatan Peninsula. It is currently poorly organized and will continue to dissipate as it moves over the Yucatan. There is another area of low pressure off the northeast tip of the Yucatan that is expected to move east-northeastward toward western Cuba or the Florida Keys but has a low chance of tropical development. Regardless of classification, it will still be capable of bringing heavy rain to the southern part of the Florida Peninsula and to the Keys.
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