Orlando forecast: Funnel clouds, severe storms in Orange, Osceola

By Mallory Nicholls, Meteorologist
Last Updated: Friday, July 07, 2017, 11:28 PM EDT

Here's the Central Florida weather forecast the weekend ahead:

  • Chance for storms, but many areas will stay dry
  • Rain chances increase for Saturday and Sunday
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A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over the Hunters Creek-Kissimmee area. Viewer pictures and photos show funnel clouds around The Loop and in Hunters Creek. 

Reports are also coming in of a possible tornado touchdown in southern Orange County near Orlando International Airport, and another near Buenaventura Lakes.

No reports of major damage in either area though.

Weekend forecast

We had another hot and humid day with highs soaring into the mid to low 90s. The sea breeze collision late in the day sparked some strong storms over Osceola and Orange counties. Funnel clouds were reported, along with some possible tornadoes.  

Changes are ahead for the weekend. The dry air that has been in place will exit, allowing deeper moisture to return to the area. The result will be better rain and storm chances for Saturday afternoon and evening. Highs on Saturday will be cooler with more cloud cover around, as highs only climb into the low 90s.

The higher rain chances will continue into Sunday. We will again see plenty of morning sun with scattered showers and storms developing the PM hours. Highs to close the weekend will be in the low 90s.

A more typical rainy season pattern continues for the rest of next week. The AM sunshine – PM storm routine will continue, with rain chances each day around 40 percent. Highs for most of next week will hold in the low to mid 90s.

In the tropics, Tropical Depression Four has now weakened to a remnant low as it quickly moves west. Additional development is not expected as this low moves through dry air and high wind. Elsewhere, no major activity is expected over the next 5 days.

Boaters heading out on the water on Saturday will have favorable conditions in the morning, but hazardous conditions will likely develop and scattered storms build in the PM hours.  If you are heading out to the beaches, swimmers and surfers will face a low risk of rip currents but conditions will remain poor for surfing with wave heights only coming in at 2 feet.

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