Any relief in sight? Dust related allergies, heat remain high

Air quality remains unhealthy for sensitive groups

Dust from the Sahara Desert continues to impact air quality and allergies/sinuses over Central Florida. Improvements should arrive by the middle of the week.

ORLANDO, Fla. – If your allergies and sinuses are acting up, the dust from Sahara Desert that has been in our sky is likely to blame. While the air quality isn’t the greatest, most should be fine unless you fall into the sensitive group category. Those in this category should continue to limit their time outside Sunday. Highs Sunday will again climb into the mid-to-upper 90s under a few clouds and hazy sunshine. It will feel more like 100-105 degrees during the hottest part of the afternoon.

Records will be threatened inland Sunday with highs climbing into the upper 80s.

Record high temperatures are once again possible, especially inland.

Most will remain dry again Sunday with a just a couple of storms developing later in the day. Any storm that gets going, however will pack a punch with strong winds, torrential rain and frequent lightning.

The dust will start to thin out by Monday evening into Tuesday morning. The lower concentration of dust should help allergies improve by the middle of the week.

Relief is in sight for those being impacted by the lower air quality. The dust starts to thin out Monday into Tuesday which should help to lower allergy symptoms. By Wednesday most of the dust will be out of our skies. More dust at a lesser concentration looks to move back in by the end of the week.

Beach forecast:

It will feel like the lower 100s at the beach under hazy sunshine. Most of the day will be dry, but a storm is possible late in the day. That chance is very low. The rip current risk remains in the moderate category so make sure to pay close attention and swim near a guard.

Tropical Update:

Two areas in the tropics have been highlighted as having a low chance to develop.

The tropics remain relatively quiet. While there are a few tropical waves in the Southern Atlantic, the atmosphere across much of the Atlantic Basin continues to be volatile. Two areas have been highlighted by the National Hurricane Center as having a low chance to develop.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.