Subtropical Storm Ernesto forms; rain chances drop in Orlando area

Highs in Central Florida will feel like 100-plus degrees

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - A subtropical storm has formed in the open Atlantic, but it doesn't pose a threat to the United States.

Subtropical Storm Ernesto formed Wednesday about 700 miles southeast of Canada's Cape Rice, Newfoundland. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving north at 8 mph.

Computer models show the system moving north-northeast.

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Some strengthening is possible over the next couple of days.

"It will eventually move into much colder water and not be a factor for North America. It will certainly not be a factor for Florida," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

Orlando-area forecast

There's a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain Wednesday in Central Florida.

Low rain chances linger through Sunday, with highs in the mid-90s. "Feels like" temperatures will be over 100 degrees.

"Drier air is working in to the mid- and upper levels of the atmosphere, but in the lower levels plenty of humidity will make it feel even hotter," Bridges said.

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The average high on this date is 92. The record is 98, set in 1938.

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