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Tropical wave forms in Caribbean as rain chances rise in Orlando area

Highs to be near 90 across Central Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Rain chances are on the rise Tuesday in Central Florida, but all eyes remain on the tropics.

A broad area of low pressure has developed over the southwestern Caribbean Sea, a couple hundred miles north of Panama.

Showers and thunderstorms currently are limited, and unfavorable upper-level winds are expected to inhibit development over the next couple of days while the low drifts generally north.

By the weekend, however, upper-level winds are forecast to become a little more conducive for development when the system will be moving northwest into the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center says the system has a 20 percent chance of tropical development over the next five days.

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TS Leslie

Tropical Storm Leslie has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving southwest at 5 mph in the open Atlantic.

"Leslie will stay away from United States," Bridges said.

Orlando-area forecast

Changes are on the way to Central Florida.

Rain chances increase to 50 percent on Tuesday.

"A front in North Florida and South Georgia will meander and lead to increased range chances," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "Expect a chance for a few storms with lightning, strong winds and heavy rain for the afternoon drive."

The high in Orlando will be near 90 degrees. The average high on this date is 88.

The front will retreat to the north by Wednesday, when rain chances will be much lower. Highs will stay in the low 90s.

On Thursday, rain chances increase to 40 percent as the front makes more progress to the south.

"This will help to dry us out by Friday," Bridges said.

The highs on Thursday through Sunday will be in the upper 80s.

The weekend should be mostly dry.

"Remember, our dry season generally starts around October 15," Bridges said. "That is when we see the first front move all the way through Central Florida and into South Florida."

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