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Rain, storms move across Central Florida

High in Orlando to hit 85 on Wednesday

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the third straight day, storms are moving across Central Florida.

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Rain and some strong storms stretched early Thursday afternoon from Palm Bay to the Gulf Coast, mainly south of Orlando.

"A weakening front will push offshore Tuesday with the tail end of the front settling into our southern areas in the afternoon. A light, northerly flow will drag in slightly drier air into down into Central Florida," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said earlier in the day. "However, a quick plume of moisture moving in from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to quickly push through the area after 2 p.m. The combination of instability and the heating of the day, expect a good chance of showers and even a few strong storms to develop, but mainly for the southern half of the viewing area."

The main threat will be frequent lightning south of the Orlando/Port Canaveral line.

Plenty of cloud cover in place will keep highs near 80 degrees for inland neighborhoods, and the upper 70s along the coast by Tuesday afternoon.

"The stationary front will finally push out of the area completely by Wednesday, allowing a ridge of high pressure to build in and clear out the rain and clouds around town," Campos said.

Rain chances drop on Wednesday to 10 percent, with a high of 85 expected in Orlando.

Highs will then reach the upper 80s on Thursday and Friday, with rain chances at 40 percent.


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