It’s a hot weekend in central Florida, and more heat is likely heading into next week.
From Wednesday to Saturday, there were daily highs at Orlando International Airport in the mid to high 90s, well above the average high of 91.
The good news is that cooler weather is forecast for Sunday and next week.
The bad news is that the slightly cooler temperatures won’t last long.
Computer guidance is beginning to indicate that a second high heat cycle is becoming likely. This round would start on Thursday and likely last until next weekend.
Once again, the highs are expected to move back into the mid 90s, with upper 90s very possible. This will increase the heat index, or “look-alike” temperatures to the point that heat advisories may be required.
So what causes all the heat through the sunshine state?
A high pressure ridge has formed over the southeastern United States. This ridge helps heat build up in an area, which is why many areas northwest of Florida experienced triple-digit temperatures.
The ridge will begin to break down early in the week allowing slightly cooler air to return.
But the ridge will recover later in the week, again opening the door for warm conditions to enter the area.
Currently, forecast highs are in the mid to upper 90s. But there are indications that temperatures above 90, and possibly over 100 degrees, could be possible in some parts. of the region at the end of the week until next weekend.
There’s good news with this ridge – it’s effective at warding off tropical systems.
Large ridges of high pressure help push tropical complexes away from their center. If a system were to develop, it would likely be sent far from Florida.
And the crest won’t last forever. Finally, a more typical Florida weather pattern should end June.
So while Florida is known for its heat, this severe heat has been a test for many. And that may not be going away anytime soon.