ORLANDO, Fla. – The first day of fall is only a date on the calendar because the summer heat will be in charge again on Sunday.
Saturday produced only a few showers, allowing temperatures to soar into the 90s. Orlando recorded a high of 94. The normal for this time of year is 89.
Under partly cloudy skies Saturday night, temperatures will drop to 75 in Orlando, to 73 in Ocala, and to 74 in Palm Bay.
Sunday sees a chance of rain in the morning, especially near the coast. Into the afternoon the chance for rain moves to the interior with a 50 percent chance of rain. High temps will be 90 in the interior and 89 at the beaches.
No major changes are expected for the first full week of autumn. Temps stay around 90 while rain chances are 50 percent but drop to 30 percent by Wednesday.
In the tropics, tropical depression 11 is approaching the Leeward Island but is forecast to be torn apart by shear. An area of rain east of the Carolinas could bring some unwanted rain by midweek. Tropical Storm Kirk is growing and bears watching. Kirk is thousands of miles away from Florida. It is forecast to remain a storm for the next five days. By then it should be approaching the Virgin Islands.
Tropical Storm Kirk developed Saturday south of the Cabo Verde Islands, thousands of miles away from Florida. The storm has sustained winds of 40 mph. Forecasters are expecting the system to track quickly westward as a tropical storm through Thursday. No watches or warnings have been issued.
"The storm is gowning, however, and bears watching," Danny Treanor said.
Tropical Depression 11 developed late Friday night a few miles east of the Caribbean. The depression has sustained winds of 30 mph as it tracks northwest at 3 mph. The latest forecast cone shows the storm remaining a weak tropical depression as it approaches the Windward Islands and then falling apart.
Besides Tropical Depression 11 and Tropical Storm Kirk, meteorologists are watching two areas in the tropics that have a 30 to 70 percent chance of developing over the next five days.
As of now, none of the areas pose a major concern for Central Florida, but, according to Candace Campos, all are worth watching.
"Of course we will keep you updated with every model run as they come in," she said.