Showers and storms this weekend will bring us some relief from the heat. Rain continues next week, including part of Independence Day

Today feels like the devil’s armpit outside, and the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for today until 8:00 p.m., so avoid spending too much time in the sun and dress appropriately. Saturday will also be hot, with temperatures in the upper 90s and even triple digits in some areas. With temperatures in the lower 90s on Sunday, there will be some relief from the heat; however, this will come at the expense of increased chances of showers and thunderstorms. Rain and cooler temperatures are expected to continue next week, including parts of Independence Day.

The high temperatures for today are expected to be in the upper 90s and lower 100s, so we will all be sweating like sinners in a church. Due to the high heat and humidity, the area is under an excessive heat warning today, so please take heat precautions. Avoid spending too much time outside, and if you must go outside, take frequent breaks in an air-conditioned or shaded area. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and apply sunscreen to stay cool. Dizziness, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, confusion, agitation, and disorientation are all symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, try to relax and seek medical attention if the symptoms are severe. Aside from the heat, showers, and thunderstorms are possible today, but the majority of the day appears to be dry. Tonight’s lows will only be in the low-to-mid 70s, so you will definitely want to crank up the fan.

Saturday’s temperatures will be slightly lower, but still in the mid-to-upper 90s. You should still take heat precautions, such as dressing appropriately and drinking plenty of water. Still, keep an eye out for signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion and seek medical attention if the symptoms worsen. Scattered showers and storms are also more likely on Saturday than on Friday, so bring an umbrella if you go outside. Showers and storms are possible Saturday night, with lows in the low-to-mid 70s.

Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s are expected on Sunday due to increased shower and storm chances. While it will remain warm, it will be much more bearable than on Friday. Shower and storm chances are expected to increase throughout the day and night on Sunday, with temperatures dropping to the mid-to-upper 60s. Monday will see more showers and storms, with temperatures remaining similar to Sunday.

Showers and storms are expected throughout the day on Independence Day, making it somewhat rainy. If you plan to grill, I recommend doing so at lunch rather than dinner because the chances of rain are lower at that time. Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s are expected, with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s. Unfortunately, the night will not be ideal for shooting fireworks because the chances of rain and storms increase overnight. Stay safe this holiday season and go indoors if you see lightning or hear thunder.

Showers and storms are expected throughout the day on Wednesday, but the chances are lower than on Tuesday. The high temperatures will range from the lower 80s to the upper 90s. A few lingering showers are possible Wednesday night, with overnight lows in the upper 60s and lower 70s. On Thursday, we will see warm temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s with shower and storm chances similar to Wednesday.

Overall, today and Saturday will be extremely hot, so drink plenty of fluids and take heat precautions. Rain on Saturday and Sunday will provide much-needed relief from the heat, and rain is expected to continue into next week. As of now, the forecast for Independence Day is for scattered showers and storms, with higher rain chances overnight. Stay safe this holiday season, and stay inside if you encounter one of these thunderstorms.

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