Warm start to Friday eve in Orlando area; afternoon thunderstorms on tap

Rain coverage at 60 percent Thursday afternoon


ORLANDO, Fla. – Thursday is off to a warm start, with Central Floridians waking up to temperatures near 80 degrees.

Temperatures will continue to warm Thursday, quickly reaching the 90s, according to News 6 meteorologist Candace Campos. High humidity values will make it feel even warmer.

"Cooling afternoon thunderstorms will begin to fire up by 2 p.m. this afternoon and linger into the early evening hours," Campos said.

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Rain coverage will be at 60 percent Thursday afternoon.

A similar summer weather pattern can be expected as the weekend approaches, with highs in the mid-90s and rain chances between 40 and 50 percent. 

and storms.

Rain chances will reach 60 percent by Wednesday afternoon.

"As early as noon, expect a 40 percent coverage of rain," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "Embedded there will be some strong storms with strong wind, lightning and heavy rain, much like we saw last night."

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"There's some good news in the tropics for now," Campos said.

No development is expected within the next five days across the Atlantic, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

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