ORLANDO, Florida – We are in an unstable situation in central Florida with the chances of rain remaining high for the next few days.
Expect 70% rain coverage Thursday and Friday, with coverage remaining fairly high through the July 4th bank holiday weekend.
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Orlando will peak near 89 on Thursday. The average maximum on that date is 92. The record in Orlando is 103, set in 1998.
The highs will be in the low 90s from Friday to Sunday.
Expect a 50% chance of rain on July 4th. We often see rain until the fireworks time at 9 p.m. It is possible that we would see rain break through the 8pm hour and end just in time for the fireworks. Stay tuned.
Orlando received 0.90 inches of rain on Wednesday, bringing the city’s annual deficit to 5.17 inches.
Spot the tropics
Tropical Storm Elsa has formed over the Atlantic and is heading towards Florida, part of which is in the Cone of Uncertainty.
As of Thursday morning, Elsa was 865 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and was moving west at nearly 25 mph. Even faster west-northwest movement is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours.
Maximum sustained winds increased to nearly 40 mph with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center.
Further strengthening is expected over the next few days.
On the planned track, the system will pass near or over parts of the Windward Islands or southern Leeward Islands on Friday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday evening and Friday evening, and will move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday.
It’s unclear how Elsa will follow after this, although Florida is in her sights – for now.
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