High pressure through a deep layer of the atmosphere, and unseasonably dry air will stick around for another day across Central Florida, with lower than normal rain chances and higher than normal afternoon high temperatures. With widespread high temperature readings in the middle 90s through the end of the week and ample low level moisture in place, heat index values will continue between 102 and 107 degrees today and Friday. A heat advisory has been issued for this afternoon for Flagler and Marion Counties for heat index readings as high as 111 degrees.
A few storms were able to develop briefly late last evening. This minimal activity will continue to slowly dissipate this morning with clear skies overnight and temperatures eventually falling into the middle to upper 70s. With this dry air mass in place we will continue to keep rain chances to a minimum, with only a slight chance for afternoon thunderstorms today and Friday and hot temperatures in the middle 90s. Overnight readings will stay in the mid- to upper 70s area wide each night this week.
By this weekend, we’ll start to see a return to more seasonable conditions with rain chances on the rise during the afternoon hours. Typical summertime afternoon storms will resume in the forecast through the weekend at a 40 percent likelihood each day. Highs will return to more seasonal levels, too, in the lower to middle 90s.
In the tropics, we remain focused on Invest 96L moving westward across the central Atlantic toward the Lesser Antilles. As environmental conditions improve over the next day or so, Invest 96L will likely become classified as a tropical cyclone and ultimately Tropical Storm or Hurricane Cristobal as it moves west-northwest through the Caribbean Sea. Long-range models bring the system toward North America early next week, with some models turning the system back to the north and east well east of Florida.
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