Weather systems swirl as tropics remain active; more rain in forecast

Rain expected in Orlando area

ORLANDO, Fla. – Thursday will be another rainy day in Central Florida, and the tropics remain active, with several systems swirling in the Atlantic.

"More of those afternoon storms will develop through the day Thursday, mainly after 2 o'clock," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "As former Tropical Storm Julia pushes up and out of our way, we will see the east and west coast sea breezes coming together, mainly moving from west to east."

Some storms could be strong, with gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain lingering into the afternoon drive time.

Rain chances continue at 50 percent on Friday and 40 percent Saturday.

"Rain chances are fairly high through the end of the weekend and the start of next week, too," Bridges said. "Afternoon high temperatures will be very close to the average of 90 degrees into next week."

Tracking the tropics

"As we track the tropics, there are several areas of development," Bridges said.

Julia, now a tropical depression, continues to push up through the Carolinas and will eventually die out.

Ian is still a tropical storm but will stay in the open Atlantic and not impact land.

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And newly developed tropical depression 12 is making a move to the west.

"We still have a couple of weeks to watch the system, but it could move closer to the Lesser Antilles by the middle or the end of next week as a tropical storm with the name Karl," Bridges said.

There is also an area of low pressure trying to develop in the central Gulf of Mexico. It has a 10 percent chance of development over the next five days.

"The system will likely not impact Florida," Bridges said.


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