Eyes on tropics as hot, dry weather suffocates Central Florida

'Feels like' temperatures to hit triple digits in Orlando area

ORLANDO, Fla. – The forecast will remain mostly hot and dry in Central Florida as News 6 meteorologists track the tropics.

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"High pressure will remain stationed over the western Atlantic this week, keeping a steady southeasterly wind pattern in place," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said. "This weather setup will keep highs above average in the mid-90s for the Orlando area, with limited coverage of rain by the afternoon. The lack of rain relief will allow 'feels like' temperatures to soar back into the triple digits for a few hours on Monday."

A slug of moisture along the northern fringe of a passing tropical disturbance over the Caribbean should provide an uptick in convective coverage on Tuesday.

"Rain chances are expected to gradually increase by mid- to late afternoon," Campos said. "Expect a chance of a few morning showers along the coast, followed by a chance of stronger storms further inland."

Central Florida will remain in a hot and stormy setup for the rest of the week, with highs hovering in the low 90s and rain coverage at 50 to 60 percent.

"The tropical wave that will help our dry spell here in Central Florida has an 90 percent of potential development within the next few days," Campos said. "Thunderstorm activity associated with this strong and fast-moving area of disturbed weather, that is located about 350 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, has increased and become significantly better organized overnight."

Although the system lacks a defined area of circulation, recent reports indicate that tropical storm force winds of 40 to 45 mph are present.  If development continues, a tropical storm could form later Monday when the wave moves into the warmer waters of the Central Caribbean Sea.

If it becomes the next named storm, it will be called Earl.

Meanwhile, Melbourne, Daytona Beach and Orlando all broke records for the warmest July on record.

  • Melbourne: 84.5 degrees
  • Daytona Beach: 84 degrees
  • Orlando: 85.2 degrees.

(Note: The values are calculated by taking the average of highs and lows throughout the entire month.)

"Not only was it abnormally hot, but also abnormally dry," Campos said. "With only 0.71 inches in the rain gauge in Daytona Beach, and 1.09 inches in Melbourne, both sites became the second driest July on record."

During Friday evening's rain storm, Orlando International Airport received 1.37 inches of rainfall, helping Orlando move from the second driest July on record to the 10th driest.

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