3 tropical waves strengthen in Atlantic

More storms in Central Florida forecast

By Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Rain chances are on the rise in Central Florida as all eyes are on the tropics, which remain very busy.

"For Thursday, we can expect an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms, especially into the afternoon hours," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

There's a 60 percent coverage of rain expected, mainly after noon.

"Expect some stronger storms, with lightning, strong winds and heavy rain, for the drive home," Bridges said.

Orlando will reach a high of 95 degrees. The average high is 92.

"It will feel like 105 or higher across Central Florida," Bridges said.

The record high on this date in Orlando is 99, set in 1929. The record for Daytona Beach is 96, set in 1990. The record for Melbourne is 95, set in 1958.

Highs will remain in the mid-90s through the end of the week and part of the weekend. Expect low 90s with the rain chances up to 50 percent on Sunday.

"Orlando officially saw a trace of rain on Wednesday, putting our rain deficit at 7.32 inches since January 1," Bridges said.

Pinpointing the tropics

Hurricane Gert continues to move away from the northeast United States with winds at 105 mph, putting it at a Category 2 status. Gert is moving east-northeast at 37 mph.

Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are showing signs of organization associated with a low pressure system that is 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The system has a 90 percent chance of development within the next five days. Computer models take it to the Yucatán Peninsula by next week.

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A tropical wave behind that one has a 60 percent chance of development within the next five days.

A third system, off the coast of Africa, has a 40 percent chance of development.

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