The week began with more wet-season weather just as we saw over the weekend: hot, humid with widely scattered late day showers and thunderstorms. Rain chances will go up over the next few days as an early-season weak cool front slowly presses into the Central Florida area by Wednesday. The coverage of storms this evening will be hit-or-miss, largely focused inland as the sea breezes from both coasts collide. Heavy rain will accompany any storm along with frequent lightning. Most of the storms will fade before midnight as low temperatures tonight will settle into the lower to middle70s across the area.
The amount of cloud cover and the chance for rain will start to go up on Tuesday due to increased moisture out ahead of a the cool front approaching the panhandle. This feature will slowly move down the peninsula late Tuesday and Wednesday, resulting in numerous showers and thunderstorms and no significant drop in temperatures. Midweek highs will hover around 90 degrees. We also will see a period of hazardous ocean conditions during this time, attributed to the ocean swells approaching from Hurricane Edouard, although the system will stay more than a thousand miles away from Central Florida in the open waters of the Atlantic. Edouard will be responsible for our increasing wave heights and increasing the threat for strong rip current along the Atlantic beaches.
By Thursday the front will have stalled over South Florida and north winds will help to briefly lower humidity levels over Central Florida. The sun will return on Thursday with highs near 90 degrees. Friday and into the weekend, as winds turn to the northeast, we will slowly return to a more seasonable weather pattern.
The main headline in the tropics this morning comes from the Pacific where Category 3 Hurricane Odile made landfall near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with winds of over 120 mph. Dangerous swells, life-threatening flooding and mudslides are forecast for the Baja Peninsula. This storm will indirectly send an increase in moisture to the southwestern United States which may lead to significant flooding. Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, tropical storm formation is not expected in the next 48 hours.
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