ORLANDO, Fla. - Rain rolled into Central Florida Saturday from Hurricane Maria's trek up the Atlantic, along with increasingly dangerous surf and rip currents.
"Maria is not causing the rain directly, but is helping create the winds bringing the rain in from the sea, and Maria's closeness is stirring up the ocean," News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said.
The chance of showers is expected to continue into the night Saturday, but should lessen by 9 p.m.
Skies will be mostly cloudy Saturday night, with lows ranging from 71 degrees in Ocala, to 75 in Orlando and Palm Bay. There is a 50 percent chance of rain for inland counties and a 60 percent chance along the coast.
There will be mixed skies Sunday with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs Monday will top out at 87 degrees in Daytona Beach, 88 degrees in Melbourne and 89 degrees in Orlando.
The week ahead shows almost no chance of rain Tuesday through Friday for the first full week of fall.
Pinpointing the tropics:
"Maria is forecast to stay offshore and be due east of our area by 8 p.m. Sunday, about 500-plus miles away," Treanor said.
Tropical Storm Lee is still being monitored as it rotates in the Atlantic. It has the potential to intensify to a hurricane and stay away from land.
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