The National Weather Service in Melbourne is predicting a rainy weekend for Volusia and Flagler counties, possibly putting a damper on a weekend when people are likely to flock to beaches after their reopening from coronavirus concerns.

With the beaches across Volusia and Flagler counties reopened after closing due to coronavirus last weekend, it’s looking like Mother Nature plans to encourage folks to keep their distance. Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Melbourne are saying there’s going to be a nice, mild rest of the week, and a not-so-nice weekend in store.


David Weitlich, a meteorologist with the weather service, said as the weekend wears on, the chances for showers will increase. There’s currently at least a 20% chance of rain for Saturday, and Sunday, forecasters are expecting rain and the occasional thunderstorm.


“Right now, we could see some widespread rainfall amounts as we get into Saturday night and into Sunday, maybe around an inch,” Weitlich said. “We could see isolated thunderstorms, especially as we get closer to Sunday afternoon.”


He said the month of May tends to be a wild card for how much rain there is, due to its proximity to both the dry and wet seasons for the state, though it’s probable that the sunshine state’s summer showers are going to work themselves into the month as ocean breezes work their way inland.


“May is really at the heart of the seasons,” Weitlich said. “We get rainfall from frontal passages and those daily rain showers.”


Still, it’s going to keep temperatures cool through the weekend. High temperatures across Volusia and Flagler counties are looking to remain in the mid 70s to low 80s for the rest of the week, and low temperatures are forecast to settle in around mid 50s and low 60s.


Weitlich also said there’s room for possible rough surf, due to the storms passing through on the weekend. Forecasters are predicting a moderate chance for rip currents and light wind of about 10-15 mph coming from the east northeast.