Lower storm chances, hotter for the weekend

Tropics staying relatively quiet behind Barry

ORLANDO, Fla. – Storm chances go way down from the typical Florida rinse, wash and repeat storms. A big chunk of high pressure, the same one that kept Tropical Storm Barry away from Florida, will greatly limit storm chances this weekend.

With lower storm coverage, temperatures will be running a couple of notches hotter.

The clouds kept temperatures in check Saturday afternoon, with the official high temperature only reaching 87 degrees in Orlando.

Rain wasn't around so much. The reason: dry air. With dry air moving into central Florida and sitting around for a few days, rain chances will continue to remain fairly low. This doesn't mean that any passing storm couldn't produce heavy rain; it very well could. What it means is the activity won't be as widespread.

Most of Saturday night is going to remain dry, with the exception of the occasional spritz of rain mainly over southern zones. Lows will hover in the mid-70s overnight.

To start the day Sunday, clouds will break up, allowing for more sunshine than what we saw Saturday. This will also allow for temperatures to get hotter. We're calling for 95 degrees as the high, but keep in mind the humid air will make it feel more like 103 degrees.

Late-day showers and one or two thunderstorms are possible. Areas mainly west of Orlando have the best chance to get some of the rain. Rain chances are 30% over interior and taper off to 20% the closer to the coast you go.

This will be the pattern for the start of the workweek.

Tropical update

All eyes have been on Barry, which continues to bring dangerous storm surge and flooding conditions to Louisiana. The system will continue to move toward the northern part of the state by Sunday afternoon.

Flash flooding is a major concern as the threat for a long period of heavy rain will continue through the first part of next week from the central Gulf Coast to the Mississippi and Tennessee valleys.

Elsewhere in the tropics, conditions are unfavorable for development.

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