Storms pop in Central Fla.; systems line up in the tropics

Orlando to see 'feels like' temperature near 110

By Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Central Florida will see highs soar into the upper 90s on Wednesday as the tropics stay active with four systems swirling in the Atlantic.

"With lots of humid air in place and sea breeze action, we will see a 50 percent chance for more scattered showers and storms," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "The timeline will be mainly after 2 o'clock."

The high in Orlando will reach 97 degrees, with "feels like" temperatures at 105 to 110. 

"We can't stress it enough: You must take frequent breaks and drink lots of water if you're outside for a long period of time," Bridges said.

The average high on this date is 92. The record high is 101, set in 1918.

Tracking the tropics

"We are pinpointing lots of activity in the tropics," Bridges said. "Remember, the peak of the hurricane season is September 10."

Hurricane Gert, with winds of 85 mph, is moving northeast at 15 mph and continues to move away from the eastern seaboard of the Unites States.

"There are three additional tropical waves to watch," Bridges said.

The first one has a 40 percent chance of development within the next five days and is about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The system is producing organized showers and a few thunderstorms as it moves west at 15 to 20 mph.

"Models try to bring this one south of Jamaica sometime early next week or as early as late this weekend," Bridges said.

The wave behind that one also has a 40 percent chance of development within the next five days and is about 600 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

"We will watch this one closely. It is still too early to tell where this one will go," Bridges said.

The third wave behind that one now has a 40 percent chance of development within the next five days. It is just off the coast of Africa.

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