Wave to strengthen in Atlantic; Temperatures to soar in Orlando

High expected to reach 98 degrees

By Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - A storm system in the Atlantic will likely strengthen over the next few days, according to Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges.

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"A very unorganized wave is moving over Puerto Rico on Friday, with an 80 percent chance of development over the next five days," Bridges said.  "It will likely move north of Hispaniola over the weekend."

Most computer models keep the system away from the United States as it turns northeast early next week.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Cristobal.

Meanwhile, the hottest day of the year was recorded in Orlando on Thursday, and Friday may be even hotter.

High temperatures in Orlando reached 97 degrees on Thursday.  The average high temperature for Orlando is 92.

"The high for Orlando will reach 98 degrees on Friday," Bridges said.

The record high for Orlando on Friday is 100 degrees, set in 1980.

Rain chances will gradually increase to 30 percent on Friday and Saturday.

"Some storms will be strong, with heavy rain and strong winds," Bridges said.

Rain chances will be at 50 percent on Sunday.

High temperatures will be in the upper 90s through the weekend.

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