Short term outlook
Expect showers, an isolated chance for a thunderstorm, and areas of fog Thursday night. Friday appears to be a warm one for western and interior southern areas where the thermometer may top out in the mid to upper 80s, and perhaps around 90°. Along with the temperature rise, the humidity will also increase with dew points in the 60s to near 70° for southwestern areas. We're not in the Triple-H category as of yet, but that may be coming over the Fourth of July weekend.
Folks visiting from out of state should be mindful that the lakes and ocean temperatures are still rather chilly in the 50s due to the cold, wet spring the area has gone through. It may be a bit of a shock to take that dip to cool off from the heat. Watch the young kids closely as they go for a splash in the coming days.
Weekend unsettled, but not a total washout
As discussed here previously this week, an upper level low will sink southeastward from Hudson Bay, pinwheel around through the weekend, and bring chances for showers and thunderstorms along with it. The better chance for rain and storms will be over the western mountains & foothills on up into the central highlands and The County. The coastal plain DownEast to southwest appear to see hit or miss showers and storms through the weekend.
As far as storms go, that all depends on sun. If you see sun for any extended amount of time, expect the chance for thunder. Make sure you are near a safe shelter and take action when the first sound of thunder is heard.
Another soggy stretch
For those camping out this weekend, you'll need to keep the NOAA Weather Radio handy, and be aware of not only severe storm chances, but also flash flooding concerns. Pick your campsites wisely considering rising water from tributaries as well as runoff from the hills.
Severe thunderstorm chances appear isolated, but could pack a punch with gusty winds, flash flood potential downpours, small to large hail, frequent lightning, along with a low risk of a tornado. The best chance for the stronger storms appears Sunday.
Showers and storms are once again expected Monday night into Tuesday. Wednesday appears dry. The outlook for the Fourth remains to be a warm one, with a chance for showers and storms.
Stay tuned for updates through the weekend here, on Facebook and Twitter.
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