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Fourth Of July Holiday Forecast: Storms Could Interrupt Plans In Central, Eastern US As West Sees Heat

By Chris Dolce

3 hours ago


At a Glance

  • The weather pattern will be much like you would expect in early July.
  • Pockets of storms are possible in at times in the Plains, South, Midwest and East.
  • The West will be mainly sunny, but also dangerously hot for some.

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Storms could interrupt Fourth of July events in the central and eastern states as the West sees mostly sunny skies as well as hot temperatures.

H​ere's a look at what to expect through Tuesday evening.

M​onday's Forecast

-C​hance of storms: Portions of the Southeast, Northeast, northern Plains and upper Midwest could see thunderstorms. Some of those storms could turn severe with damaging winds being the main threat.

You should be aware of your surroundings if storms are in your local forecast and have a plan to shelter if you hear thunder during any outdoor plans.

-​Hot spots: Typical summertime heat and humidity will grip much of the South, Plains and Midwest. Most of the Southwest and Northwest will remain above average for early July standards. Heat precautions will be needed for any outdoor activities in these regions.

(​MORE: Four Things Heat Can Do To Your Body)


T​uesday's Forecast


-C​hance of storms: Showers and storms, particularly in the afternoon, are possible in the northern Plains, upper Midwest and Northeast. Damaging winds will be the main threat from any storms that turn severe.

For most areas, these storms will be the hit-or-miss variety, but you should have a plan to shelter if you hear thunder during any outdoor plans.


B​y evening, storms could become less widespread in the Southeast and Northeast. A greater concentration of storms is possible near a cold front in the Plains and upper Midwest.


-H​ot spots: It'll be another day with plenty of the heat and humidity July is known for in the Southeast, Plains, Midwest and parts of the Northeast. The Northwest, Great Basin and Southwest will continue to be much hotter than average. Cooler weather will begin arriving in the Northern Plains.

Chris Dolce has been a senior meteorologist with for over 10 years after beginning his career with The Weather Channel in the early 2000s.

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