Cristobal helps Central Florida stay dry

Tropics heating up as new wave forms in Atlantic


ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane Cristobal may be far from the Sunshine State, but the storm system is still having an impact on Orlando-area weather.

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"Cristobal is still pulling in dry air, leading to lower rain chances for Central Florida at 20 percent," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.  "That drier air is leading to a cooler start for Central Florida."

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Thursday were near 75 mph with no significant change in strength forecast over the next two days.  Cristobal is centered about 285 miles northwest of Bermuda and is moving northeast near 29 mph.

Closer to home, Marion and Flagler counties started Thursday in the mid-60s, and temperatures across the region were running 5 degrees cooler.

However, high temperatures will warm to the mid-90s for Thursday through the holiday weekend.

"As Cristobal continues to move away, moisture will move in, increasing rain chances in the Orlando area to 40 percent from Friday through Labor Day," Bridges said.

Swells generated by Cristobal are affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to Long Island in New York. The swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

"We're also tracking a new wave in the Atlantic that has a 20 percent chance of development within the next five days," Bridges said.  "It could be over Hispaniola early next week."

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The next named storm would be Dolly.

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