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Independence Day weekend: Warm, humid, a few storms from time to time

/ July 2, 2022 at 10:38 AM

After what ended up being Tropical Storm Colin absolutely drenched us yesterday, we find ourselves with some drier air beginning to punch in on the southwest side of Colin’s circulation. This will help tamp down — but not totally eliminate — the risk for a few showers and thunderstorms this afternoon as temperatures look to rebound into the mid-80s (pending cloud cover eroding, anyway). It’ll still be muggy, though, with dewpoints running in the low 70s.

Thereafter, a more typical summertime pattern takes hold for the rest of the holiday weekend. Temperatures in the upper 80s to around 90° will be common; mix in dewpoints in the mid-70s and it’ll feel closer to 100°. Showers and thunderstorms will be possible each afternoon, with generally scattered coverage expected. A storm or two could be on the strong side with gusty winds on Sunday, so that’s something we’ll want to keep an eye on. Heavy rain will also be possible in any storm that fires up, and with precipitable water values generally returning to around 2″ this weekend, some localized flooding may be possible, especially in places that have been absolutely drenched over the past few days.

The bottom line, as it has been for the past few days, is to just make sure your outdoor July 4th plans have a solid indoor backup in case thunderstorms threaten. Severe or not, remember that every thunderstorm is dangerous because of the lightning it produces. (At least the tropical mischief will have long-since moved on!)