Temperatures to gradually warm throughout Central Florida

Temperatures will gradually warm throughout Wednesday to the upper-70s and low 80s as a large ridge of high pressure continues to dominate most of the Southeast.

Light winds flowing from the south/southeast will gradually warm temperatures up throughout the afternoon with a slight increase in cloud cover, said News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos.

Wednesday morning, temperatures started off in the upper 40s to low 50s with mostly clear and quiet conditions.

By the afternoon, highs will hover near the average mark of 79 degrees. 

"Highs along the coast will remain in the upper 70s thanks to the ocean breeze, with inland neighborhoods warming up a few degrees further in the low 80s," Campos said.

Rain chances increase late in the week as southerly flow pulls in deeper tropical moisture northward over Florida. 

Rain chances will range between 30-40  percent on Thursday.

"Our next spring front expected to arrive by Friday and then stall out over the area through the weekend," Campos said. "This weather pattern will increase rain coverage even further to 50-60 percent."

Highs through the outlook remain slightly above average in the mid-to lower 80s.

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