ORLANDO, Fla. — We now have our third named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season as Cristobal strengthened in the Bay of Campeche today.
Locally, we’ve had plenty of clouds around and even a few widely scattered showers, although parts of Brevard County picked up two to four inches of rain today.
This has kept highs close to 80 from Orlando south, but big sun breaks allowed neighborhoods from Seminole County westward to warm into the mid to upper 80s.
High pressure continues drifting eastward allowing the wind on Wednesday to come down quite a bit. Deeper moisture streaming toward the state will allow clouds to thicken into the afternoon with more widespread showers and thunderstorms. Highs reach the low to mid 80s.
A steady plume of moisture coming from the tropical system in the Bay of Campeche sticks around from Thursday into the upcoming weekend with daily rain coverage at 60 to 70 percent through Sunday.
Highs cool back into the low to mid 80s during this stretch, but any peeks of sun could add a couple degrees each afternoon.
As Cristobal makes its way into the northern Gulf of Mexico late into the weekend or early next week, slightly drier air will move into Central Florida. Rain coverage lowers to 30 to 40 percent next Monday through Wednesday with highs in the upper 80s.
Surf and Beach Forecast
Surfers grab a board and get ready for a fair round of surfing conditions in the morning. The easterly swell eases with rideable wave heights of two to three, occasionally four feet before noon.
Storm Season Coverage
Monday marked the official start of hurricane season and it is off to an active start with Tropical Depression 3 in the Bay of Campeche.
This storm will meander in place for the next few days before accelerating north toward Louisiana late this weekend or early next week.
The hurricane season runs through November 30.