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Summer 'cold' front moving in will bring more rain

Sea breeze will also develop later Saturday

Radar for Saturday morning
Radar for Saturday morning (WKMG)


ORLANDO, Fla. – An impressive summer "cold" front is digging south into Central Florida on Saturday. Increasing cloudiness is expected to start this morning and into the afternoon as more instability slides in ahead of the front. Winds will veer in from the southwest, allowing for a sea breeze to also develop later Saturday. 

Ahead of the front plenty of available moisture overhead will support scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon. Expect storms activity to move toward our northern and western zones first and steadily track toward the south and east Saturday afternoon.

Enough sunshine and daytime heating will also help with destabilizing our atmosphere increasing the storm coverage and intensity through the day on Saturday. Coastal areas will see their best rain chances later in the afternoon, and will have to watch for more intense activity in that area given the added presence of the sea breeze.

Some storms will produce heavy downpours of up to 1-2 inches of rainfall. Storm movement will be quick so the concern for localized flooding will not be much of an issue. Along with the heavy rain, expect very gusty winds and frequent lighting starting Saturday afternoon. 

With thick cloud cover and rain cooled air highs will struggle to reach 90 degrees today.

By Sunday, the tail end of the cold front will slide through dropping dew points and even temperatures by a few degrees. Rain chances will remain typical at 50 percent with highs much cooler than previous days in the mid to upper 80s. 

Tropical Update: The one area worth watching is over the far Eastern Atlantic. A tropical wave located south of the Cape Verde Islands is producing minimal shower activity. Environment surrounding this area is forecast to become more conducive for gradual development by early next week while it tracks westward across the Atlantic at about 15 mph. The National Hurricane Center is giving this wave a 50 percent chance of development within the next five days.

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