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Fourth of July Fizzle: Rain may impact your holiday plans

If we could keep one day of the year free of rain, it might be the 4th of July. As you know, it is a big day with parades, outdoor gatherings, and fireworks. The last thing we need is rain! Unfortunately, the weather will struggle to cooperate with our wishes this year.

Starting with Tuesday, the morning will be wet with scattered showers, while the afternoon will be nicer with sunshine. Temperatures will climb into the 80s, and it will be humid. Late afternoon heat indices will be in the middle to upper 80s. Tuesday night will be clear with areas of fog and lows near 60 degrees. The fog could be dense in some locations, which would cause some issues for the Wednesday morning commute. Wednesday will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny, very warm, and humid with highs close to 90 degrees. Afternoon heat indices will be in the lower to middle 90s.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely in the region on the 4th of July. A stationary front will set up over the Midwest, and an upper-level wave will slide over the Midwest. The best case scenario is the activity will be scattered, or “hit and miss.” But, our weather forecast models suggest the rain could become widespread in parts of the Midwest on Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening. Like you, we are hoping for good things, but it is wise to have a “plan B” ready to go. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible on Friday.

This weekend will be cooler and less humid. Highs will be near 80 degrees, and lows will be around 60 degrees. The expected temperatures are typical for early July.

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Nick Grunseth

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