Look outside, eastern Palm Beach County – it’s hot and sunny out there. But summer being summer, the skies will throw their usual afternoon tantrums.
The National Weather Service says numerous showers and thunderstorms are likely along the east coast this afternoon and early this evening, some of them potentially heavy.
A gust front that brought storms to northern Miami-Dade and Broward counties this morning began moving into southern Palm Beach County at around noon, ushering showers that promised to spread across the county and linger throughout the afternoon.
A band of storms extended from Atlantis to Jupiter Farms around 1:30 p.m. Meteorologists said it carried lightning and winds of between 45 and 50 mph. More storms are expected through about 9 p.m.
“There’s a low-level trough that’s just to the east, and a frontal boundary that extends off the east coast of Palm Beach County,” said meteorologist Andrew Kennedy, who was monitoring the systems at the National Weather Service in Miami Saturday.
The forecast looks “similar” for Sunday, he said. “But it should be dryer early next week.”
The chances for rain today in the Tresure Coast are 30 percent and rise to 40 percent on Sunday.
The high temperature throughout the region today and Sunday is expected to hit about 90 degrees, with an overnight low near 75.
There’s a slight risk of waterspouts over Atlantic waters and Biscayne Bay this afternoon when light southerly winds collide with southwesterly winds, according to the service’s hazardous weather outlook for the day.