Palm Beach County is getting socked with warm moist air flowing in from the southwest ahead of a weak cold front that is expected to stall north of Lake Okeechobee later today.
The heat will turn up to a forecast 88 degrees today, eight degrees warmer than normal for this time of year and near the record high of 91 degrees in 1909.
“You’ll get pretty close, but probably fall a little shy,” said Dave Ross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “That low pressure helps draw the south winds along the front.”
The dew point temperature, which is a measure of water vapor in the air, is forecast to reach 71 degrees, making it feel warmer out than it actually is.
While the weak front makes its way through Florida, the faithful afternoon sea breeze will also kick up, making way for some thunderstorms as it collides with a lake breeze off Lake Okeechobee.
Because the front will stall north of the lake, taking the power of a synoptic level system out of the picture, forecasters in Miami said they don’t expect severe storms.
But lightning strikes, gusty winds up to 40 mph and locally heavy rainfall could occur.
On Friday, a man was struck by lightning at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. He survived but is believed to still be in the hospital.