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Rain chances remain through Thursday evening in Central Fla.

Storms expected to fire up in late afternoon

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Moisture was once again streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday and will move into northern areas of Central Florida, including northern Marion, Lake, Flagler and Sumter counties. Rain chances will stick around through the evening hours. 

"Most of today's storms will fire up once we heat up this humid, unstable atmosphere," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "That will be around drive time at 5 p.m."

Drier air will make its way to the area as Friday afternoon approaches, leading to only a 30 percent coverage of rain. Hotter temperatures can be expected with lower rain chances. Highs will be in the mid-90s for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures that will feel well above 100 degrees.

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Rain chances will increase and stay at 40 percent Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

"As many students go back to school on Monday, rain chances will be a factor, especially for the afternoon," Bridges said.

Temperatures will be hot in the mid 90s next week, with more "feel like" temperatures in the triple digits.

Pinpointing the tropics:

News 6 meteorologists are pinpointing two areas of low pressure in the tropics.

An area off the coast of Africa has a 70 percent chance of development within the next five days.

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"This will likely become Franklin and will move closer to the Lesser Antilles this time next week," Bridges said.

Another low just south of Puerto Rico has a 20 percent chance of development within the next five days. The low will be moving over the Yucatán Peninsula and back into the Bay of Campeche this time next week.


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