It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like summer around North-Central Florida. Temperatures are climbing, the humidity is starting to become noticeable, and those pesky afternoon downpours will become almost routine by the end of this upcoming work week. Sea breeze interactions already kicked off a few storms over the weekend, but slightly larger scale weather systems are forecast to aid in the development of stronger thunderstorms at times in the coming days, the first of which likely arriving this afternoon. WRUF Weather will keep you updated on Twitter, Facebook, TV, and on radio all week long with the latest on when and where the storms are most-likely to hit.
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MONDAY: Storms are likely to fire early in the afternoon near US HWY 301, then march west. Damaging wind and small hail is possible with the stronger cells, especially as they move west of I-75 and near the Nature Coast by early evening. An upper-level disturbance drifting in from the northeast will be the enhancing mechanism.
TUESDAY: North-Central Florida will lie in between larger scale weather systems, but sufficient moisture and instability will still likely be present to produce spotty sea breeze-driven showers and thunderstorms for inland locations.
WEDNESDAY: An upper-level trough of low pressure is forecast to form near the Atlantic coast, likely spiraling in some deeper tropical moisture. This is forecast to lead to numerous afternoon showers and thunderstorms, likely impacting most areas with locally heavy rain at times.
THURSDAY: Stronger upper-level winds are expected to push Wednesday’s deeper moisture out to sea, leaving most areas dry on Thursday.
FRIDAY: A weak cold front sliding in from the north could enhance thunderstorm potential again by afternoon. It is a bit too soon for specifics on timing and location of Friday’s rain chances.