ORLANDO, Fla. – The tropics are starting to pop as the peak of hurricane season approaches.
The National Hurricane Center is observing two areas with potential development.
The first is an area associated with a low pressure system that extends about 400 miles south of Cabo Verde Islands.
Conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual development over the weekend. There is now an 80 percent chance of a tropical depression forming by early next week over the eastern-central Atlantic as it moves west northwest at 10-15 mph.
The second area has a 50 percent chance of development as it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea.
"Neither of them will be a player in the immediate forecast, but they're still something to watch," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said.
Meanwhile, Central Florida will see drier air on Friday, sending the heat index well above 100 degrees.
"A large ridge of high pressure will extend from far south Florida to the northwest Bahamas with a southwest flow across the area," Campos said. "This high will significantly dry out our atmosphere this afternoon."
After a stormy week, rain coverage sits at a 10-20 percent chance.
"There will still be some lingering moisture that could help fire up a handful of showers, but most folks will stay mainly dry," Campos said. "The lack of rain will also high to reach the lower 90s along the coast to mid-90s for interior neighborhoods.
"The biggest impact will be the heat index, with temperatures feeling more like 100-110 degrees," she said.
As we head into the weekend, rain chances will return to a more typical coverage. Highs will remain in the lower 90s, with a 40-50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
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