Today's Weather Forecast for the Orlando Area
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Rain chances will be going up today across Central Florida due to increased moisture out ahead of an approaching cold front. We’ll be more primed for thunderstorms during the afternoon hours today and tomorrow as moisture increases. In advance of this system, westerly winds will circulate around weakening high pressure in the Gulf of Mexico. Highs will climb into the low 90s today inland, upper 80s at the coast. The chance for rain today stands at 50 percent, largely focused inland and north of Interstate 4. Watch for heavy rain with any cell that could lead to ponding on the roads and a slick evening commute.
Most of the rain will fade with the loss of daytime heating, but a few showers could hang on into the overnight. Otherwise, skies will turn partly cloudy. Areawide lows will bottom out in the low to mid-70s.
The frontal boundary will sag south through the peninsula Wednesday through Thursday, keeping rain chances elevated. Temperatures will not cool dramatically, although with the increased cloud cover and rain Wednesday, many neighborhoods will be limited to highs in the upper 80s to 90 degrees.
The timing of this front will also coincide with a period of rough boating weather for the Atlantic waters. Although Hurricane Edouard will stay hundreds of miles away from Central Florida, some residual swell will bring wave heights to 4 to 5 feet or higher on Wednesday along with a risk of dangerous rip currents.
Slightly drier air will build in behind the front by Friday, lowering rain chances and humidity into the weekend. Highs will continue to run at or above the average high for this time of year, 90 degrees.
In the tropics, Hurricane Edouard is maintaining strength over 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, but poses no threat to land. It is forecast to become a major Category 3 storm today as it curves to the northwest in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Odile is bringing significant heavy rain and wind to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico.
The only other system of note is a wave of low pressure just exiting the west coast of Africa that is showing a low likelihood of development when it emerges over water. Otherwise, there are no other systems in the Atlantic basin with potential for development over the next 48 hours.
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