Tropical moisture brings rain to Central Florida

Orlando will reach highs near 90 degrees

ORLANDO, Fla. – There is a slight chance of thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, the high could reach 89 degrees.

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Rain chances increase after 8 p.m. Thursday.

There is a 70 percent chance of rain on Friday.

Expect rain chances at 60% for Saturday and Sunday.

Orlando’s rain deficit in 2021 stands at 5.45 inches.

Pinpointing the tropics

Tropical Depression Nicholas was nearly stationary over southern Louisiana on Thursday night.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, Nicholas was 10 miles southeast of Lafayette. NHC reports the tropical depression is stationary. The depression had sustained winds of 30 mph.

Elsewhere in the tropics, showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure area a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization.

A tropical depression is likely to form during the next couple of days while the system moves generally west at about 15 mph across the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center says the disturbance has a 90% chance to develop tropical characteristics over the next five days.

Computer models show the system tracking mostly west for the next several days. Many models show it turning north near Puerto Rico.

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Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure a few hundred miles northeast of the central Bahamas is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

The system has a 70% chance of development over the next five days as it takes a projected path up the East Coast of the United States, away from Florida.

And lastly, a tropical wave is expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa toward the end of the week.

The NHC says it has a 20% chance to develop.

The next named storms will be called Odette, Peter and Rose.

Latest Tracking of tropical systems.
Latest Tracking of tropical systems.

About the Author:

From chasing tornadoes and tracking the tropics, to forecasting ice storms and other dangerous weather, Troy Bridges has covered it all! Troy is an award-winning meteorologist who always prepares you for the day ahead on the News 6 Morning News.