Soggy setup for weekend begins

A soggy setup for the weekend rain begins on Thursday in Central Florida as high temperatures quickly ramp up into the mid- to low-80s as chances for isolated thunderstorms pop up.

"A strong ridge of high pressure that has been in control over the past week will begin breaking down allowing moisture and instability to enter back into the area," said News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos. "The combination of heat and moisture in the air will allow scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms to pop up across Central Florida."

Rain chance coverage sits at 50 percent during the afternoon and into the evening as the activity spreads north and east.

"A drastic shift in our weather pattern will begin on Friday as a weakening  cold front arrives, followed by it stalling out over the area," Campos said. "A deep southerly flow will pull in deeper moisture, increasing instability. Sufficient moisture will be in place for high coverage of showers and storms into the afternoon with offshore flow steering any convection towards the east coast. Therefore rain chances will maintain in the likely category between 60-70 percent."

Overall severe weather potential still looks on the low side but some lingering dry air mixed in could lead to a few strong to isolated severe storms with hail and strong locally damaging winds gusts as the main threat, Campos said.

A weak stationary boundary will remain stalled out over the area, with several pulses of moisture tracking along the front through the weekend. This will keep rain chances elevated between 50-60 percent with isolated storms still possible mainly in the afternoon and evening.

High temperatures will remain above average in the low- to mid-80s with overnight lows only cooling into the 70s.

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