ORLANDO, Fla. — An upper level low sliding over the state is bringing with it more atmospheric moisture aloft.
This will translate to higher coverage of rain over the weekend across Central Florida.
- Saturday's highs at 90 degrees
- Increased rain chances
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Locally heavy downpours and lightning are a concern, but we’re not expecting severe weather.
The best shower and storm chances will be during the afternoon and evening hours, with isolated activity in the overnight and early morning.
Seasonable highs either side of 90 are in the forecast.
High pressure retreating north is allowing upper level energy to cross the peninsula, and moisture aloft has been on the increase because of this low.
Rain and rumble coverage is at 60 percent each afternoon both Saturday and Sunday, so most of us will need the rain gear at some point.
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It looks like the best opportunity to get any yardwork or outdoor activities in will be before noon each day. Highs won’t stray too far from seasonable levels in the upper 80s to lower 90s over the next seven days.
Fair to poor surfing conditions are expected Saturday, with an east-southeast trade swell and wave heights two to three, occasionally four feet.
Wave heights increase Sunday, and especially next week as Florence sends swells toward our east coast.
This may create really good surfing conditions, but will also increase our risk for rip currents the second half of the weekend.
Tropical Depressions 8 and 9 are now on our weather maps in the east Atlantic. Both are expected to intensify this weekend as they move west across the Atlantic.
Florence remains disorganized but is forecast to regain strength the next couple days. Models vary on the eventual path of Florence, so we’re watching it closely.
Right now there are no indications this storm will move toward Florida, although we’ll see indirect impacts early next week in the form of high surf and rip currents.
Atlantic hurricane season peaks in September and runs through Nov. 30.
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