Unseasonably dry weather covers area through Tuesday
Area of low pressure moving away from state
ORLANDO, Fla. – The area of low pressure that caused the tropical downpours last week will continue to move away from the state. Replacing that low will be a large ridge of high pressure in the upper levels. This will funnel in a substantial amount of drier air for most of Florida.
Expect a mostly dry afternoon with rain chances abnormally low at 10-20 percent. Some models indicate there could be enough moisture for a few isolated afternoon showers for areas south of the Kissimmee to Melbourne line.
North to northeast flow will maintain a moderate risk of rip currents along the East Coast beaches, with Atlantic waters at a light to moderate chop.
Sunday afternoon should shape up to be a great day. Highs will run in the upper 80s for the coastal communities, to the lower 90s further inland.
The forecast calls for the same setup through Tuesday with minimal rain chances and highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Rain coverage will rebound back to normal by the middle and end of the work week, as winds veer back off the ocean.
As of the 5 a.m. advisory Tropical Storm Ida has sustained winds of 40 mph but is still expected to remain a tropical storm as it lingers over the Atlantic. As of now, it does not pose a threat to the states.
A bit closer to home, the same area of low pressure that brought rain and flooding last week, now sits about 300 miles east of Florida along the Eastern Seaboard. It will continue to move towards the northeast over the next few days. National Hurricane Center said it currently is not showing any signs of acquiring tropical or subtropical characteristics and the environment is becoming more hostile. However, because of it's proximity to land, the Hurricane Hunters will investigate the system later Sunday. The current forecast gives this area a 20 percent of potential development into a storm in the next 5 days.
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