Heat, sea breeze storms in Central Florida forecast; tropics stay busy

Tropical Storm Gert expected to stay out to sea

ORLANDO, Fla. – Heat and sea breeze storms are in the Central Florida forecast as students in Orange and Volusia counties head back to school.

"We will pinpoint afternoon storms at 40 percent after 2 o'clock on this back-to-school Monday," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "The big story before the rain rolls in will be the heat."

Expect a high in Orlando of 95 degrees, with a "feels like" temperature of 105.

"Expect the heating from the afternoon sun as well as the sea breezes to lead to those afternoon storms," Bridges said. "Make sure the kids have their rain gear for the afternoon bus stop. Some storms could be strong, with lightning and heavy rain."

Rain chances will remain at 40 percent on Tuesday and 50 percent by Thursday and Friday.

Tracking the tropics

"We are pinpointing two systems in the tropics," Bridges said.

Tropical Storm Gert, well off Florida's coast, is moving north-northwest at 9 mph and will stay away from the United States. As of Monday morning, Gert had sustained winds of 45 mph.

Meanwhile, there is a 60 percent chance of development within the next five days for a system off the coast of Africa.

"We will be watching it," Bridges said.

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