Weather system in Atlantic could trek toward Florida

High heat remains in Orlando forecast

By Troy Bridges - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - As near-record heat continues to swarm Central Florida, weather officials are keeping tabs on a system in the Atlantic that could be headed to the Sunshine State.

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"The tropics are heating up as an area of low pressure is moving closer to the Windward Islands," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. 

Computer models show the system moving to the Bahamas early next week.

"The low will likely strengthen in the next couple of days and then weaken over Hispaniola before moving to the Bahamas," Bridges said. 

Some computer models bring the system closer to Florida by the middle of next week, while others take it out to sea.

The next named storm will be Cristobal.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued in Marion County on Thursday night as temperatures climbed in Central Florida throughout the day.

The record high temperature for Orlando is 99 degrees, set in 1925.

High temperatures will remain in the mid- to upper 90s through the weekend, with increasing rain chances.

"It will feel like 100 to 105 degrees into the weekend," said Bridges, referring to the heat index in Orlando.

Rain chances will be at 50 percent on Sunday.

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