Happy Independence Day! Mother Nature provides some scattered fireworks today.
There’s a disturbance over Kentucky early this morning that will drift into western West Virginia today. That wave will help to provide some focus for storms to fire up this afternoon which will linger into the evening hours and may put a damper on some of the Fourth of July celebrations. Now don’t go canceling any outdoor plans today as just like the last couple of days the showers and storms that fire up will be quite scattered in nature and not everyone will see them but everyone will have a chance for showers. With the air mass just generally unstable to begin with, plenty of moisture in the atmosphere for the showers to work with, and slow movement of the storms the threat for locally heavy rain and perhaps some localized flash or poor drainage flooding where we’ve see repeated rounds of the heavy rain the last few days. Temperatures will once again climb into the 80s and low 90s with the heat index making those temps feel several degrees warmer. With the hot conditions you‘re going to need to be careful and stay hydrated, and I don’t mean drink and extra adult beverage of choice. You’ll need to mix some water in there between each other beverage you choose to imbibe.
The SPC has included part of the area under a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms today with damaging winds being the primary threat. So far we’re not expecting a widespread, organized severe threat in the coming days but that doesn’t mean that an isolated storm can’t pulse into the strong to severe range so be very weather aware and download our app for your smartphone. You can set up the weather alerts to keep you ahead of the storms and use the interactive radar to help keep you safe.
The summer weather pattern will rinse and repeat for the foreseeable future with hot temps, high humidity, and the daily chance for some isolated to scattered showers or t’storms each day. High temps will be in the low to mid 90s east of the Blue Ridge and the mid and upper 80s in the NRV and Highlands all the way through 4th of July weekend. Overnight lows will only fall into the 60s to low 70s through that time period as well which is a little above normal for this time of year.
4th of July week is a hard one for many of our furry friends with so many fireworks going off at all hours of the day. Many, many pets go missing during the week of the 4th of July due to being scared by the fireworks so be sure that every time you take your pet outside this week you have their collar and tags on just in case they bolt on you. If you do not have a fenced in yard you’ll want to be sure to keep their leash on and a goof grip on their leash again, just in case they try to bolt on you.
It’s also that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
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