ORLANDO, Fla.  Although we avoided much of the expected severe weather, most areas picked up a solid soaking with locally heavy rain and gusty wind in the strongest storms.

A stalled front in north Florida increased our moisture and instability, but we were been able to stave off most of the severe weather associated with this instability Monday.

Strong storms developed, spreading rainfall totals of one to three inches over many central Florida neighborhoods. We also had gusty wind, frequent lightning, and isolated reports of small hail.

The widespread storms also were causing major delays and even some cancellations at Central Florida airports.

Most flights at Orlando International Airport were on a delay Monday afternoon, some several hours behind schedule. American, Delta, Spirit, and Frontier were among the airlines with several canceled flights. A spokesman for American said 11 flights at OIA were canceled because of weekend storms.

Orlando-Sanford International Airport was seeing some flight delays and cancellations. Flights at Orlando Melbourne International Airport were running on time.

Anyone flying in or out of the Sanford and Orlando airports is urged to reach out to their airline.

Activity ended early, but we have a threat for isolated strong storms the next two days as cool air aloft remains in place.

Overall, we’ll have a mix of sun and clouds with scattered afternoon storms Tuesday and Wednesday. Storms could again contain frequent lightning, small hail, and gusty wind. Highs stay in the mid-80s to around 90 degrees.

High pressure builds over the region Thursday into the upcoming weekend, bringing slightly drier air into our area. Rain coverage remains a very low 20-percent each day with daily sea breeze activity. Temps stay close to seasonable levels in the upper 80s.

Beach and surf forecast

Poor to fair conditions are in the cards for local surfers the next several days thanks to an east-northeast swell hanging around.

Wave heights of around one to two, occasionally three feet stick with us, but won’t provide the best waves to catch.

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