We started off July the way we finished up June, with plenty of heat and humidity...and there's more of the same as we head into Independence Day week. Temperatures today will reach the mid to upper 90s:Factor in the humidity, and the heat index will top 100 degrees this afternoon: That's not quite high enough to trigger a Heat Advisory, but you still need to exercise the usual hot weather precautions -- stay hydrated, find some A/C when you can, and just take it easy.
Whenever it's this hot and this humid, a storm or two will always be possible...but our storm chances will be very slight today. The HRRR model's radar simulation for today is, to say the least, unimpressed with our rain chances:
It's pretty much a copy-and-paste situation for tomorrow...temperatures might be a degree or two cooler, but you'll be hard-pressed to notice any significant difference:
The "heat dome" will weaken slightly by Wednesday and Thursday -- while that means temperatures will retreat to the low 90s for the Fourth Of July, it also means a better chance of pop-up showers and storms in the afternoon and early evening. It doesn't look like Independence Day will be a washout, but be flexible with any outdoor plans:Any storms that develop should diminish after sunset, leaving us mostly dry for Wednesday evening fireworks displays.
The next good chance of rain doesn't arrive until a cold front sneaks in from the north on Saturday:That cold front won't usher in any "refreshing" air, but it will crack the worst of the heat wave for at least a day or two.
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