Thunderstorms are moving into Central Florida on Friday evening

ORLANDO, Fla. — Update:

Energy from north of Orlando continues to stoke up some thunderstorms for Friday evening.


This pattern will continue to bring scattered storms this weekend, some by the lunch hour.

Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said a huge “heat dome” over the Deep South and the southwest United States is contorting the jet stream into bringing pieces of mid to upper level energy through the southeast and Florida.

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“A piece of this is helping bring scattered storms this evening, and occasional ripples of energy diving our way will keep scattered storms into the weekend,” he said. “We’ll likely keep this additional storm energy pattern with us through at least early next week.”

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Overall storm motions will take activity toward the east coast beaches, he said.

Terry is tracking the storms live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.


Earlier story:

Grab some sunscreen Friday and keep it handy for the weekend.

Temperatures will climb to 93 degrees today in Central Florida.

There is a 40% chance for storms late in the afternoon and into the evening hours.

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Meteorologist Brian Shields said a similar pattern will play out on Saturday and Sunday.

Expect highs in the mid-90s and afternoon storms.

Looking at the tropics, Shields said there are two strong tropical waves near Africa.

He said they could start to develop next week and will be areas to monitor but noted there are currently no threats to the U.S.

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Jason Kelly

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Jason Kelly joined WFTV in 2014.