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At a Glance
- Weather conditions will be similar for each day during the coming holiday weekend.
- The Gulf Coast could see the most numerous showers and storms
- Areas in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes will have the hottest temperatures compared to average.
Fourth of July weekend could be stormy in the South as many other parts of the country experience summertime heat and dry conditions.
The jet stream pattern will bulge northward over the nation's midsection, where temperatures are forecast to be hotter than average in parts of the nation's northern tier.
Well to the south of the jet stream, there will be a weak upper-level disturbance that gets stuck near the Gulf Coast. That could lead to the development of more numerous showers and thunderstorms through the holiday weekend.
Here's a look at the daily forecast.
Saturday, July 4
-Chance of t-storms: Scattered thunderstorms are likely in the South, particularly near the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley. A few hit-or-miss showers and storms are also possible in the mid-Atlantic. The Front Range of the Rockies into the Dakotas and Montana could see a few strong storms. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible throughout the western Great Lakes.
Sunday, July 5
-Chance of t-storms: The forecast to close out the holiday weekend won't change much from the previous days. Showers and storms could be numerous again in the lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast. Parts of New England could see a few thunderstorms. Some pockets of thunderstorms are possible in the Rockies as well as in the Northern and Central Plains.
-Looks mainly dry: Dry weather is most likely in the Ohio Valley and areas west of the Rockies.
-Temperatures: Temperatures will continue to be hot in the Midwest and Great Lakes, with Chicago and Minneapolis both potentially topping out in the lower 90s. The Desert Southwest is forecast to remain hot as well with highs near or above 110 degrees possible in the Phoenix area. Temperatures will be typical for early July in most other areas of the country.
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