Published: July 3, 2017
Stormy weather conditions could impact Fourth of July celebrations in parts of the Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic. Much of the western third of the nation should escape any major precipitation threats.
Upper-level energy rippling through the jet stream will be the main instigator for scattered showers and storms from the Rockies to the East. As is typical in summer, the timing of those storms will likely prevent an all-day washout from occurring in most locations. Be sure to take shelter if you hear thunder during any outdoor activities.
AAA says that a record 44.2-million people will travel 50 miles or more from home to celebrate this Independence Day holiday weekend, June 30 through July 4.
Here's what you can expect:
Fourth of July (Tuesday)
- Wet areas: Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected from the mid-Atlantic and Southeast to the Plains, once again. Scattered storms are also possible in the afternoon and early evening in the Rockies and adjacent High Plains.
- Dry areas: Most of the Great Lakes, Northeast, Great Basin and West Coast should remain dry.
- High temperatures: The heat will continue to sear the West with 100s not just in the hottest deserts, but also in the northern Great Basin, including Boise and Salt Lake City. This heat will also intensify over the northern Plains, with mid- to upper 90s possible. Most other areas will be near early-July average highs. Muggy air will spread north to the upper Mississippi Valley and the eastern Dakotas, but fairly comfortable dry air will be in place over much of the Northeast, mainly north of New York City.
- FORECAST: Boston | Houston | St. Louis | Los Angeles
Fourth of July Forecast
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