A small chance of rain and temperatures in the high 70s will greet Sunfest goers tonight.
While skies will be partly sunny as Sunfest gates open at 5 p.m., rain chances start to grow at 7 p.m. and hit 30 percent by 8 p.m.
A system stirring near the Bahamas is forecast to move west Friday into Saturday, increasing the rain chances for West Palm Beach to 40 percent Friday night and up to 60 percent Saturday during the day.
“Right now, it doesn’t look like a washout,” said Weather Underground co-founder Jeff Masters about the weekend weather. “It will be more hit and miss with periods where there could be a few hours of rain showers.”
The headliner tonight is Billy Idol. He takes the Tire Kingdom state at 8 p.m.
Gates on Friday also open at 5 p.m.
“Confidence is a little below average on exactly how much moisture and showers there will be this weekend,” said Andrew Hagen, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Miami. “How this potential system evolves will really determine our rain chances.”
SunFest goes on rain or shine. No refunds or ticket exchanges are offered because of bad weather. Umbrellas, even beach umbrellas, are allowed in the venue.
In 2013, three days of rain dampened the festivities.
While that’s not expected this year, meteorologists have been watching for potential tropical development from the system near the Bahamas.
Masters said the potential for a sub tropical depression or depression forming by Saturday is about 10 percent. The National Hurricane Center has not identified any areas of concern.
“If this were June, they would probably start tracking it, but the climatology is really against something forming this early,” said Masters about the NHC.
Accuweather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said he doesn’t see a trigger to spin up a tropical system this weekend, but said the weather pattern is something to pay attention to this time of year.
“Whenever you see an unusual feature like this this time of year, you take note because sea surface temperatures are warm enough,” Kottlowski said.