ORLANDO, Fla. – Rain chances take a dip Wednesday in Central Florida, but temperatures will once again soar into the mid-90s.
"A ridge of high pressure remains in control over the region, producing an east-southeast wind pattern with drier air working onshore by the afternoon," News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos said. "This will reduce rain chances to about 30 percent for much of the area. The best chances for storm development will be from near Kissimmee to the theme parks, the I-4 corridor and Lake County."
Storms are not expected to become particularly strong, but brief heavy rain and lightning will be a concern. Inland storms will come to an end by around 10 p.m.
Highs will range in the low 90s along the coast to the low to mid-90s for inland communities.
"A weak tropical wave will bring a few showers over the Atlantic and immediate coastline overnight with lows in the mid- to upper 70s," Campos said.
By Friday, deeper moisture will be in place as the wave begins to exit the area. Expect a 50 to 60 percent chance of showers and storms during the afternoon and early evening.
Highs will be in the 90s for the next several days.
Pinpointing the tropics
Franklin became the first hurricane of the 2017 season Wednesday evening and continues to strengthen as it moves over the very warm waters of the Bay of Campeche.
The storm is expected to make landfall over central Mexico Wednesday night.
"The other concern is an area of low pressure located about 550 miles east of the Leeward Islands," she said.
Environmental conditions are expected to become somewhat conducive for development later this week. The National Hurricane Center is giving it a 40 percent chance of development over the next five days.
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