We break one heat wave and head into another as we enter the first full week of July. High temperatures return to the low to mid 90s starting Tuesday and throughout much of the holiday workweek ahead. Humidity values will also be on the increase with unbearable air that you can wear arriving just in time for the 4th of July festivities Thursday.
With increased heat and humidity values across the area comes the chance for storms especially with a frontal boundary that will be waffling back and forth through the area. Storm chances will be at there highest starting Thursday before continuing into the weekend. No washouts are expected despite higher coverage of storms Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during peak heating hours. Most of the activity will be in the afternoon and evening hours so you may wanna plan accordingly with any outdoor activities (i.e barbecues, beach trips, picnics, and Independence Day parades).
Storms chances and excessive heat look to continue into the weekend ahead. Feel like temperatures during this period will be right around 100 degrees during the peak heating of the day along with poor air quality concerns. If you are working outdoors or participating in any strenuous activities over the next few days remember to stay hydrated with plenty of water. Also take plenty of breaks and lather on the sunscreen since a sunburn this time of year can occur in about 25 minutes or less. Besides all of this don't forget about your pets and use some common sense to look before you lock the car.
As we look deeper into the Independence Day the chances for showers and storms is on the increase. Right now the early call for parades and picnics shows storms in the area. Fireworks festivities though may fair better as storm chances decrease during the overnight hours. Stay tuned for further details since we have 2 more days for this forecast to change.
Long range projections continue to suggest above average temperatures and precipitation over the next 8-14 days ahead. Early next week comes the next brief cool-down before another chunk of heat shortly after that.
For the next few days especially the 4th of July we can live with some low clouds, heat, humidity, and showers as long as there's no lightning.