Weekend rain chances pick up; Maria to bring rough seas

By Danny Treanor - Meteorologist , Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - Coastal rains continue to push in Friday from the Atlantic Ocean, and a northeast flow will continue to push the chances of rain up for Saturday. 

As Hurricane Maria moves up the Atlantic this weekend the storm is expected to slowly weaken while making a turn toward the north by late Saturday. Maria is also expected to bring rough surf to the Space Coast this weekend. Lifeguards warned of potentially dangerous conditions Friday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria continues to have maximum sustained winds of 125 mph. The core of the storm was about 115 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The good news is that Sunday will see some sunshine, News 6 meteorologist Danny Treanor said.

Friday night will be warm and muggy with some showers around. The chance of rain will be 30 percent with temperatures dropping down to  the mid-70s.

Rain chances will begin early on Saturday and peak by afternoon at 60 percent.  Saturday’s high temperatures will range from 87 inland to 85 at the beaches.  Thunderstorms are possible.

Sunday looks better with only a 20 percent chance of rain and temperatures will be a little warmer than Saturday, closer to 90 degrees. 

Next week looks mostly rain-free except for Monday when the chance is 20 percent.  Inland temperatures will hover near 90-91 degrees.

In the tropics, Hurricane Maria is still a big storm but is expected to stay about 500 miles to the east of Florida.

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