An early morning glance at the radar shows the Gulf already open for business, and it’s barely 8AM. It must be the rainy season. The attractions area is sandwiched between a low pressure system and a high pressure system, with the end result being moisture being sucked in from the Gulf of Mexico like laundry through a wringer (Google it).
As the day goes on, thunderstorm chances increase, topping out with probabilities of at least 40% in general for the entire area. If you’re planning on hitting the parks today, it’s a good idea (as it is every day) to hit the weather-sensitive outdoor attractions early, and save the indoor stuff for the inevitable afternoon monsoon.
The long-range outlook shows that most of Central Florida will be good for anywhere from 1.25″ to 1.5″ of rain over the next few days… but that’s only an averaged estimate. If you’re underneath one of the storms, you could quickly rack up that much (or more!) in about an hour and a half.
The National Weather Service also cautions that because of the heavy rain in the area over the past few days, it won’t take much to trigger ponding of water in low-lying areas. So here’s your friendly reminder to never drive your car into a flooded area of a roadway, even if it’s a street you’ve driven on a thousand times already.