ORLANDO, Florida. – The FOX 35 Storm Team is tracking the risk of strong to severe storms moving across Florida. That’s why Wednesday was declared FOX Storm Alert Day 35.
Today’s top: 85 degrees
Tonight it’s low: 55 degrees
Main meteorological problems:
This is a FOX 35 STORM ALERT DAY for our northern counties. A powerful line of storms crosses the Florida Panhandle today. This afternoon, mostly after 4 p.m., this line will operate in northwestern counties and will extend south closer to Orlando at 10 p.m. tonight.
Showers and isolated thunderstorms will be possible ahead of the main line, the chance of rain will increase sharply by mid-afternoon and continue throughout the evening. The northern counties of our FOX 35 and FOX 51 viewing areas have the greatest risk of isolated damaging wind gusts and possibly a brief tornado rotation. The line of storms will weaken as it tracks south across the peninsula late tonight. We are still expecting lightning and heavy rain during this time.
Winds will increase sharply and from the south before the front. Gusts can sometimes reach 25 mph, hold on to those hats!!! Today’s temperatures could reach record highs! The mid-80s will be the peak in many places. Looks like a toasty late January day.
The beaches look great with lots of sunshine. Gusty south winds will keep things breezy, possibly blowing sand. Times hang near 81 or so in the afternoon. Water temperature is in the 60s, risk of rip current is low. The surf shows up at 1-2′ today as a modest southeasterly wind swell heads into the surf area.
Hot and windy in the parks with rain settling in very late afternoon into evening. Peaks near 85 park side!
After the strong courses of the front until this evening, better weather is emerging for the region by Thursday and the weekend.
The highs recede into the 60s and the lows drop into the 30s in North Florida, 40s closer to Orlando. Lots of sun for the weekend.