SunFest, the annual waterfront block party in West Palm Beach, begins Wednesday, opening its gates at 5 p.m. with headliner Duran Duran scheduled to go on at 8:30 p.m.
So what’s the weather like for the week? One word: Nice.
A high pressure system plopped down over the the mid-Atlantic is bringing easterly winds onshore that are expected to keep afternoon rain showers low and humidity at bay.
Wednesday’s high temperature should hit near 83 degrees. By the time Duran Duran hits the stage, it will be down to 78 degrees and just a 5 percent chance of rain.
“We’re in this mostly sunny pattern where we could get very light scattered showers, but most of the time it will be dry an sunny,” said Kevin Scharfenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “Rain is really going to be scattered and hit or miss.”
Umbrellas are allowed at SunFest, and it never hurts in Florida to have one handy, but it’s unlikely they’ll be needed, especially during the evening shows this week.
A cold front is expected to move into the norther parts of Florida late in the week, but forecasters said it’s likely going to wash out before it hits South Florida.
Daytime temperatures are predicted to reach 85 degrees on Thursday with an overnight low of 72 degrees.
But with dew points remaining in the 60s all week, the humidity shouldn’t be too bad. The heat index, or “feels like” temperatures, nearly match the actual mercury reading all week.
The easterly winds are increasing the risk for rip currents along Palm Beach County beaches to moderate. That means people should swim near a lifeguard, especially those visiting from out of town who might not know the mechanics of a rip current – swim parallel to shore instead of trying to fight it.