SunFest weather day 4: Scattered showers, thunderstorms possible

Fans enjoy the BB&T fireworks display at the end of SunFest in downtown West Palm Beach on May 7, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Summer weather — including rain and thunderstorms — once again will be a factor at SunFest on its final day for 2018.

During the afternoon, with major acts including Third Eye Blind and DNCE on stage, the National Weather Service predicts showers and thunderstorms are possible. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s.

Palm Beach Post radar shows a number of storms making their way through the area. mostly keeping to the west.

CHECK The Palm Beach Post live radar map. 

Now, as for tonight — and the all-important fireworks — the chance of rain drops a little bit, along with the temperatures. It’ll be in the low 70s, the weather service predicts.

SunFest weather: Slight chance of rain

Mother Nature is dealing up hot and humid weather for SunFest today with a 20 percent chance of rain through early evening.

A cold front moving into the state is expected to stall out north of Lake Okeechobee, but there is a possibility of inland showers and a couple of pop up thunderstorms.

Read: Where to find the best food at SunFest. 

Tonight should be mostly clear.

Saturday will be warm again with high temperatures in the mid-80s and drier air moving in. Rain chances are just 5 percent during the day on Saturday and even lower during the evening hours.

While weather won’t be a challenge this SunFest, parking is a perennial issue.

For more information on where to park or to register a parking spot in advance, go to SunFest’s parking site. 

You can also park at one of about 1,100 metered spaces downtown.

And, you can make it even easier, by riding a bike. The Downtown Development Authority offers a free bike valet.

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SunFest Weather: Tips to stay cool in heat and humidity

A persistent high pressure system has been SunFest’s friend this week, bringing sunny skies and warm temperatures to the West Palm Beach waterfront block party.

But it’s about to get really hot. Today’s temperature should reach 85 degrees with light east winds providing some relief. When headliner Train goes on at 8:30 tonight, temperatures will still be near 80 degrees.

Read: SunFest kicks off its 33rd year

On Friday, temperatures will soar to 86 degrees with southerly winds bringing in warm tropical air and increasing humidity.

The heat index Friday will make it feel more like 90 degrees.

The National Weather Service recommends the following things to stay cool:

  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Use portable fans.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.

Wednesday SunFest photo page. 

A cool front moving into Florida on Friday is expected to stall just north of Lake Okeechobee, but showers associated with the system are forecast to mostly impact more inland areas of Palm Beach County.

Rain chances are low both today and Friday with just a 3 percent chance tonight and 7 percent chance Friday night.

Read: Where to find the best food at SunFest

Austin Reiber cuts the jeans legs off of Ariel Wheelock on the concert grounds at SunFest 2014 in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday, May 3, 2014. "I feel so much better! I'm not hot and sweaty anymore, " Wheelock said. Reiber and Wheelock traveled from Winter Garden for SunFest. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Austin Reiber cuts the jeans legs off of Ariel Wheelock on the concert grounds at SunFest 2014 in downtown West Palm Beach on Saturday, May 3, 2014. “I feel so much better! I’m not hot and sweaty anymore, ” Wheelock said. Reiber and Wheelock traveled from Winter Garden for SunFest. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)