Some showers lead into Columbus Day; Tropical Storm Michael forms
Sunday highs stay in upper 80s
ORLANDO, Fla. – More of the same weather is predicted in Central Florida just in time for Columbus Day.
Rains began Sunday morning along the Atlantic Coast and by afternoon pushed inland. News 6 meteorologist Danny Treanor said these showers will continue to push to the west coast and should not be any problem for the evening.
Clouds will linger and this will keep temperatures up with lots of moisture in the air. Lows will range from 72 degrees in Ocala to 74 degrees in Orlando to 78 degrees in Palm Bay.
As the day goes on, showers will continue to move west. Overnight, coastal showers could pop up and last through Monday morning. Overnight lows will stay in the mid-70s with cloudy skies.
Columbus Day brings more of the same. Limited sunshine on Monday will keep temperatures to 90 degrees or just a little lower. Rain chances will be at 30 percent.
Tropical Depression 14 strengthened into Tropical Storm Michael around 1 p.m. Sunday, according to experts from the National Hurricane Center. The system's latest forecast track shows it moving through the Gulf of Mexico and into Florida's Panhandle next week.
By Tuesday, the storm will push extra moisture into Central Florida. Rain chances will jump to 60 percent for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A 30 percent chance of rain will return by Friday possibly followed by lower humidity by the weekend.
"Tropical Storm Michael bears watching as it approached and enters the Gulf of Mexico," Treanor said. "Long range predictions have Michael becoming a hurricane by later in the week and possibly hitting the Gulf coast."
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie is still over the open Atlantic Ocean, moving east away from the U.S. coast. The storm will contribute to a continued high rip current threat.
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