Rain moves across Central Florida, clearing Sunday

Tropical depression strengthens into Tropical Storm Philippe, NHC says

ORLANDO, Fla. – It is overcast and muggy Saturday as a cold front approaches from the west and a tropical storm moves across Cuba.

It's a formula for producing rain, and the system is currently moving into and across the area.


Tropical Depression 18 strengthened Saturday afternoon into Tropical Storm Philippe, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, it had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving north-northeast at 24 mph.

However, the cold front will steer Tropical Storm Philippe away from Central Florida. It will also clear the skies for Sunday and usher in the return of cooler temperatures.

In the meantime, the chance of rain Saturday night will be around 60 percent with temperatures ranging from 57 degrees in Ocala to 64 degrees in Orlando and 68 degrees in Palm Bay.

There will be some lingering clouds Sunday morning but it will be clear by the afternoon. Cooler air will keep temps to 75 degrees in Melbourne to 71 degrees in Orlando and Daytona Beach.

It will be windy, with winds out of the west-northwest with gusts up to 25 mph. Small craft advisories are in effect.

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It will be chilly Sunday night, with temperatures near 38 degrees in Ocala and 47 degrees in Orlando.

Expect mostly sunny conditions for the upcoming week, and trick-or-treat Tuesday temperatures will be in the mid- to high 60s.