What you need to know about weather system near Florida

Rain chances increase over weekend in Orlando area

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - An area of low pressure being monitored by the National Hurricane Center will actually lower rain chances in Central Florida before dumping some wet weather on the region.

As of Thursday morning, the system continued to spin near the Bahamas.

The low will try to get organized in the coming days, with the hurricane center giving it a 30% chance of development within the next five days.

"By next week, it's expected to be off the Carolina coast, where it's possible that it could become a tropical storm," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

In addition to weekend rain in Central Florida, high surf and rip currents could also be a concern off the coast.

Computer models show it moving into the open Atlantic or turning closer to the northeastern United States.

Tropical Storm Chantal formed late Tuesday but was later downgraded into a depression.

The next named storm will be called Dorian.

Hurricane season runs through November, with the peak hitting around Sept. 10.

Orlando-area forecast

Rain chances stand at 30% Thursday, with a high near 94 and a heat index reading of 105. The average high on this date is 91.

"We will see a little bit of moisture try to move onshore with an east-southeast breeze at 5 to 10 mph, but any showers that pop up will be fairly short-lived," Bridges said.

The chance of rain will be 40% Friday and Saturday and 60% Sunday.

Highs will be in the low 90s through the weekend.

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