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Central Florida Weather: Showers, severe weather Friday afternoon

CENTRAL FLORIDA — ​StormTracker 13 Doppler radar was rather active Thursday, with widespread showers and isolated severe storms kicking up during the evening hours.

  • Strong to severe storms
  • Heavy rain, hail, wind threat
  • Storms wind down in late evening

We’re in for more of the same Friday, with severe wind gusts over 58 mph and up to one-inch hail possible in any storms that do develop.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for the following counties:

  • Polk County until 4:15 p.m
  • Lake County until 4:30 p.m.
  • Orange County until 4:30 p.m.

Torrential rain is also a threat, and minor flooding may be a problem in areas that have picked up locally heavy totals all week.

Another piece of energy in our atmosphere is forecast to slide across northern Florida Friday, enhancing our risk for showers and storms through the afternoon and into the evening commute.

A deep flow of moisture means some of these storms could be prolific rain producers, as was the case yesterday.

Orlando actually tied a record rain for June 7, one that was set way back in 1900 with 2.35-inches in the gauge.

Our other concern with storms will be damaging wind gusts and hail, and we are currently in a marginal risk of severe weather to account for this potential.

Storms wind down late into the evening, with lingering showers hanging around through midnight in some neighborhoods.

Drier air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere will help us cut rain chances back to around 40 to 50 percent Saturday, then 20 to 40 percent Sunday through Wednesday.

Highs over the next week will stay close to seasonable levels in the lower 90s and lows in the 70s.

It hasn’t been a good week for local surfers, and flat conditions will take us right through the weekend too.

We’re looking at minor northeast swell traces and waves under a foot overall. If you’re planning a beach trip, afternoon and evening storms may pose a threat each day.

Keep an eye on the sky and be prepared to move inside quickly when you hear thunder.

Sea surface temps have warmed slightly and now hover around 80-degrees up and down our east coast. The rip current threat stays low.

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