Heat index to soar past 100 in Central Florida as rain chances take a dip

Fred expected to bring rain to Orlando area over the weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – We are pinpointing a little bit of drier air working into the atmosphere Thursday across Central Florida.

This weekend, however, Fred is projected to be a tropical storm over or near Florida, bringing rain to the region.

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Thursday, though, heat will be the big story.

Expect a high temperature in the mid-90s across Central Florida, with a heat index well over 100 degrees. The average high in Orlando on this date is 92. The record high is 98, set in 1929.

Rain chances will be 30% through the afternoon, but will increase by the weekend to 80% on Saturday and Sunday.

Expect high temperatures in the low 90s on Friday, with rain chances at 60%.

Highs will be in the upper 80s on Saturday and Sunday, with much higher rain chances.

Orlando’s rain deficit stands at 3.71 inches in 2021.

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