Tropical Storm Chantal spins at sea; heat grips Orlando area

Heat index to hit 105 in Central Florida

File photo.
File photo.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rain chances will be lower over the next few days in Central Florida, but the heat index will soar to near 105 degrees.

"We will still see the battle of the east and west coast sea-breezes, but the coverage won't be as widespread," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

The east coast sea breeze will win the battle Wednesday, pushing storms west of I-75.

"This means the coastal counties of Flagler, Volusia and Brevard will see a lower coverage of rain at only 20%," Bridges said.

The high in Orlando is expected to reach 94. The average high on this date is 92. The record is 99, set in 1925.

Rain chances will stay at 30% Thursday and Friday before jumping to 60% Saturday and Sunday.

Pinpointing the tropics

Tropical Storm Chantal is spinning slowly over far North Atlantic, moving away from North America and posing no threat to land.

In fact, in a Wednesday afternoon update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Thursday and a remnant low by Friday.

"Given the current appearance of the system, loss of tropical cyclone status and dissipation are now forecast to occur much sooner than earlier anticipated," the NHC's 5 p.m. advisory said.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The National Hurricane Center is also watching a potential tropical system that is expected to trek toward Florida in the coming days. At last check, the hurricane center was giving the system a 20 percent chance for development in the next five days.

The next named storm will be called Dorian.

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