Low rain chances in Central Florida; Hurricane Jose spins in Atlantic

Orlando to see high temperature in low 90s

By Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Rain chances remain low in Central Florida on Wednesday, but high temperatures will reach the low 90s, making for an uncomfortable day, especially for those still without power after Hurricane Irma.

"There's still plenty of dry air in place, at least in the mid-levels of the atmosphere, which will lead to low rain chances," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "Expect a 20 percent coverage of showers and a couple of embedded thunderstorms mainly after 3 o'clock in the afternoon."

Expect a high of 92 degrees in Orlando. The average high is 91.

Rain chances increase to 60 percent on Thursday. The coverage area will be 50 percent on Friday.

"The good news is that rain chances will be lower for the weekend -- 30 percent on Saturday and 20 percent on Sunday," Bridges said.

Afternoon highs will be in the low 90s through Friday.

With no rain on Tuesday, Orlando has a yearly rainfall deficit of 0.05 inches. Melbourne has a surplus of nearly 8 inches since Jan. 1, and Daytona Beach has a surplus of 1.55 inches since the start of the year.

Tracking the tropics

Hurricane Jose was 840 miles east of Florida early Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 storm.

The storm, moving southeast at 9 mph, is expected to remain at hurricane intensity in the Western Atlantic, and it could strengthen as it takes an odd, looping path that may bring it near the Bahamas and the United States this weekend.

Most computer models, however, indicate that Jose will stay out to sea and complete a tight enough loop to avoid moving onshore.

"There is no need to worry about Jose or anything in the Atlantic at this point," Bridges said. "Stay tuned, thought, because we have just reached the peak of hurricane season on Sept. 10. Trust me, there will be many more tropical systems to watch through Nov. 30."

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