Rain chances increase as Labor Day draws nearer

Florence forecast to move away from islands, into central Atlantic Ocean


ORLANDO, Fla. – Keeping an eye on the Coast of Cuba at a tropical wave that will bring extra moisture to the area and extra rain for Monday and Tuesday.

Saturday's weather was controlled by an east wind that brought some brief showers in from the Atlantic. Overnight Skies will become partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 73 in Ocala, to 76 in Orlando, to 78 in Palm Bay.

Sunday will begin to cloud up in the afternoon and produce a 50 percent chance of rain in the interior areas but might be as high as 60 percent up around Marion County. Temperatures will climb to near 91 but will probably stay at about 87 degrees as periodic sea breezes will make it even cooler at the beaches.

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Labor Day Monday looks pretty wet. The morning should be okay but by the afternoon a 70 percent chance of rain in turns into the forecast.

For the remainder of the week, the chances of rain also continue to be around 50 to 70 percent as we push through the remainder of the week. Keep your umbrella handy.

In the tropics, tropical storm Florence is expected to develop into a hurricane but is not expected to hit land and is no threat to Florida. However another area of low pressure down in the Caribbean will move our way by Labor Day, adding extra moisture, and therefore producing a fairly wet Monday.

Tropical update

A tropical wave, still located south of the Bahamas, will continue to move west to northwest. Conditions are unfavorable for development, but it will increase the moisture, which entails more rain coverage by Monday.

Also in the tropics, Tropical Storm Florence is expected to become a hurricane. The storm is moving away from the Cape Verde Islands and is not expected to hit land or come near Florida. The latest forecast track shows the storm moving into the central Atlantic Ocean by the middle of next week.

"Still very far away, but something we will continue to watch and bring you updates on," meteorologist Samara Cokinos said.


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