Afternoon storms may mean more rain, lightning, hail for South Florida

A cold front pushing through the Gulf states may set the stage for another stormy Friday afternoon, but today’s thunderstorms are not expected to be as robust as last week when hail pummeled South Florida and one man was killed by lightning. 

Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Miami said there is a chance for pea-sized hail, lightning. and up to 50 mph wind gusts with the strongest storms.

Hail in Lake Worth. Photo by Palm Beach Post photographer Thomas Cordy

Hail in Lake Worth on April 15. Photo by Palm Beach Post photographer Thomas Cordy

But the  meager cold front isn’t even expected to push all the way through South Florida and the volatile frigid temperatures high in the atmosphere that sparked last Friday’s storms are not expected.

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“The front is going to wash out over northern Florida so we’re really not going to get any cooler temperatures,” said NWS Miami meteorologist Kevin Scharfenberg. “We may see some pea-size or dime-size hail but nothing like we saw last weekend.”

Although the National Weather Service said it received no reports of hail damage from last week’s storms, trained weather spotters reported golf ball-size hail in areas of Boynton Beach. Hail was also reported in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Boca Raton.

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Chances of rain kick up to 50 percent by 2 p.m. today as southeast winds send warm, muggy air into the state.

The high temperature today should reach near 80 degrees, with an overnight low of 70.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 84. Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high of 82.

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