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'Feels like' temp to hit 105 in Orlando; 4 systems churn in tropics

Hurricane Gert won't directly impact United States

ORLANDO, Fla. – The tropics -- and the weather in Central Florida -- remain hot.

"Once again, we will be pinpointing afternoon storms Tuesday, with a coverage of 40 percent of the region," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "The big story before we see rain will be the heat. We will be warming to 95 in Orlando. It will feel like 105."

The average high on this date is 92. Monday's high hit 93, five degrees shy of the 2007 record. 

"We only officially had a trace of rain in Orlando at the airport on Monday," Bridges said. "The deficit when you look at the rain total since January 1 is now 6.86 inches."

Bridges said most of the scattered showers and storms will start after 2 p.m.

Pinpointing the tropics

Gert, the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean, has begun its turn toward the northeast.

The National Hurricane Center said Gert was about 420 miles (675 kilometers) west of Bermuda mid-day Monday and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). The storm was moving north-northeast at 10 mph (17 kph).

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

The weather advisory says a gradual turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected through the next couple of days.

"The storm will stay away from the U.S. altogether," Bridges said.

Swells generated by Gert will spread northward along the East coast of the United States from North Carolina northward to New York.  Swells also are expected to affect Bermuda. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Meanwhile, there are three other systems worth watching.

Two of them are just off the coast of Africa. Both have a 20 percent chance of development within the next five days.

Four weather systems swirl in the tropics.
Four weather systems swirl in the tropics.
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The other system, Invest 91L, will move toward the Lesser Antilles by the end of the week. It has a 40 percent chance of development within the next five days.

"It's still early to tell where these will go," Bridges said.

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