Tropics Watch: What to know about area off Florida highlighted by hurricane center

Area of low pressure has 30% chance of development

ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center on Monday highlighted an area of low pressure expected to form off the coast of Florida.

A cold front is expected to stall off the southeast U.S. by the middle of the week. Along this front, a non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to develop.

By the weekend, this system could acquire some tropical characteristics.

There is a 30% chance of development over the next seven days.

While the front itself will bring rain to Florida, any storm that develops along the front will move away from Florida.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave is expected to move off the coast of Africa by Wednesday and is forecast to become a tropical depression later this week as it moves across the Atlantic.

There is a 70% chance of development over the next seven days, according to the NHC.

Hurricane Nigel, meantime, formed Monday in the Atlantic and is moving northwest.

Nigel is forecast to rapidly strengthen into a major hurricane Tuesday and then begin weakening.

The next named storm will be called Ophelia.

Hurricane season runs through November.

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