Keep plenty of ice cold lemonade and ice cream on hand over the next week as the heat and humidity will linger. No strong cold fronts are projected to move in. As such temperatures will likely average about 5 to 9 degrees above normal and it will be fairly muggy much of the time as well. Spend plenty of time in the shade, air conditioning, or by a fan! Be sure to avoid sunburn and wear light weight and light colored clothing to help stay cool as well.
The rest of Friday will be very warm and sticky with highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected mainly south of Highway 10. The winds will be light.
Saturday and Sunday should feature partly sunny, warm, and muggy conditions. Lows will remain in the 60s with highs in the upper 80s. There is a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm Saturday afternoon and evening and a 30% chance Sunday. While no severe weather is expected, any of these showers will be capable of heavy downpours and lightning so be prepared to come inside if one develops nearby
The chance of rain is somewhat higher Monday at 40%. It even climbs to a 50% chance Tuesday. Somewhat thicker clouds could keep the highs a few degrees cooler. Right now it looks like we should top out near 87 Monday and 84 Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday are shaping up to be partly sunny and steamy with highs around 86 on Wednesday and 90 on Thursday. There still is a moderate chance of some periods of showers and thunderstorms. Any showers should be isolated by next Friday with toasty highs in the upper 80s lingering.
Have a fantastic 4th of July weekend! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2 p.m., 3-July 2020
On this date in weather history:
1966 - The northeastern U.S. was in the midst of a sweltering heat wave. The temperature at Philadelphia reached 104 degrees. Afternoon highs of 102 degrees at Hartford CT, 105 degrees at Allentown PA, and 107 degrees at LaGuardia Airport in New York City established all-time records for those two locations. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
1987 - Lightning struck and killed three men playing golf on a course near Kingsport TN. The three men had sought shelter from the rain under a tall tree on a small hill. Showers and thunderstorms produced