Near-record temps forecast for Thursday before high rain chances return

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s going to be a hot one on Thursday.

Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the forecast calls for temperatures in the low to middle-90s with a 30% chance of pop-up storms. Today’s high is set to reach 94 in Orlando -- not too far from the record of 98 set way back in 1908.

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He said higher rain chances will return on Friday with a 70% chance of rain and storms that afternoon. Shields said tropical downpours are likely on Friday with many spots getting more than 2 inches of rain.

Higher rain chances are forecast to stick around through the weekend, keeping temperatures high in the 80s.

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But the reprieve from the heat won’t last long with temperatures in the 90s forecast to return next week.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.