Chance of showers, storms to increase with disturbance moving over Florida

The chance of showers and storms increases to about 60 percent for today and Friday as a weak disturbance moves from the Bahamas across the Florida peninsula.

Some of these storms will contain frequent lightning  and very heavy downpours. We are also going to be dealing with excessive heat and humidity with high temperatures in the 90s and a heat index hitting 105 in a few days. This is a busy time of year in the Atlantic and there are several systems between the United States and Africa that we will have to watch.

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Steve Norris is a National Weather Association certified meteorologist, who works for newspapers, radio stations and provides severe weather information to city governments.