Wet weekend ahead; Tropical Storm Nate to strengthen

Nate's current path not expected to affect Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – A very moist air mass continues to stay in place across Central Florida leading to elevated rain chances through the weekend.

Although some dryer air will work in, expect 60 percent coverage of rain for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as winds continue to move on shore out of the southeast.

Those winds will also bring on short rain chances. On Friday, expect winds between 5 and 10 mph with gusts near 15 mph.

On Thursday, the area warmed to 77 degrees in Orlando. The average high is 87. Orlando International Airport recorded .93 inches of rain Thursday, ending the rain deficit since Jan. 1.

Temperatures will gradually warm above the average after a cooler start with a high on Friday and on Saturday of 90 degrees.

Highs will be close to 90 for Sunday and into next week. 

The latest on Tropical Storm Nate 

Tropical Storm Nate killed 20 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday, officials said.

Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued in three US states as the storm barrels northward.

Seven people are still missing after the storm hit Nicaragua, the country's vice president said.

It is forecast to make landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday with up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain.

“We continue to pinpoint the latest on Tropical Storm Nate,” News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. “Nate is moving northwest at 12 mph and has maximum sustained winds at 45 mph.”

Nate will be moving into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and into the northern Gulf by Sunday.

An advisory from the National Hurricane Center said warnings had been issued for portions of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastlines, with the storm expected to hit the region late Saturday or early Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane.

There is also an area of low pressure about 900 miles southwest of the Azores, Portugal. This low could acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics while it remains nearly stationary over the northeastern Atlantic Ocean during the next few days. The hurricane center is giving this area of low pressure of a 30 percent chance of further development within the next five days. The system is not expected to affect Florida. 

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