Rain gets early start in Central Florida

Chances of rain drop next week in Orlando area


ORLANDO, Fla. – There will be an early start to rain and storms in Central Florida on Friday, but the good news is that rain chances drop next week.

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"A stalled front and lots of moisture streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico will lead to an earlier start to storms on Friday as rain develops along the west coast sea breeze," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.  "Showers and storms will start during the morning hours and then build inland from the west."

By noon, rain will be a factor along Interstate 4 and then push east, Bridges said.

The main threat from Friday's storms will be heavy rain, lightning and strong wind gusts.

"More clouds starting off, will mean low 90s for high temperatures in the Orlando area rather than mid-90s," Bridges said.

Rain chances pick up over the weekend.

"There will be a 50 percent coverage of rain for Saturday and a 40 percent coverage on Sunday afternoon, with highs in the low and mid-90s," he said.

Orlando has seen 5.89 inches of rain since the beginning of the month, 2.5 inches above the average of 3.38 inches for August.

Next week, rain chances drop to 20 percent on Tuesday and Wednesday as drier air moves in.

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