ORLANDO, Fla. — Update:
Scattered thunderstorms were marching through metro Orlando on Monday afternoon and will remain inland throughout the early evening.
Chief meteorologist Tom Terry is tracking the storms in Severe Weather Center 9. Click here to stream live coverage on Channel 9 Eyewitness News.
Tuesday will be another rainy day, with scattered afternoon storms tapering off by the early evening.
Drier air, aided by this season’s Saharan Dust Layer, will lower rain chances from Wednesday through Friday, allowing temperatures to increase to the upper 90s.
A normal summer afternoon storm pattern will return for the weekend.
Eye on the Tropics
A tropical wave that moved off the west coast of Africa is generating showers and storms near the Cabo Verde Islands.
Conditions still appear conducive for a tropical depression or a named storm to develop later this week.
The National Hurricane Center said there is a 40% chance that this will happen between by Saturday.
Grab an umbrella -- you’re likely to need it at some point today.
Monday will be active with scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon.
There’s a 60% chance of rain.
Highs should top out at 93 degrees in Central Florida.
Rain is expected to return on Tuesday before things begin to dry out.
That’s because Saharan dust that’s moving back into the area will take hold by mid-week, according to meteorologist Brian Shields.
We should begin to notice its impacts on Wednesday as it dries things out and ushers in very hot weather.
The trend of lower rain chances and heat should linger late into the week, thanks to the Saharan dust.
High temps could climb into the mid-to-upper 90s on those days.
Looking at the tropics, Shields said there’s one disturbance off the coast of Africa that could develop into the next named story, but early indications are that it will remain at sea.
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