Sunny July 4th Afternoon; Rain on Fireworks?

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Another hot day across Central Alabama, with temperatures topping out in the mid to upper 90s across the state.Current temperatures are a bit cooler in east Alabama, where shower coverage has been a bit more widespread leading to some cooler temperatures at the moment. The UV Index was an 11 today, and will stay at an 11 through at least Independence Day, so be sure to keep yourself protected from those UV rays with plenty of high SPF sunscreen. Your 4th of July forecast looks fairly nice, if a bit hot during the afternoon, with only a very small chance for a passing shower or storm. Overnight, a few scattered storms will be possible, mainly west of I-65, but these should move through quickly enough to get most of the big fireworks displays off. If you are heading outdoors to watch fireworks, be sure to have rain gear, and a place to go if you are caught in a thunderstorm. If thunder roars, go indoors.

Tuesday will bring more widespread rain to the state, with about 60% of west Alabama seeing measurable rainfall. Rain will start as early as 8am, and could last into the overnight hours, although latest model data suggests storm coverage will likely decrease by early evening. Looking at the end of the week, we once again enter a typical summertime pattern of very high temperatures and isolated afternoon storms.

Looking at the tropics, while the Eastern Pacific is heating up a bit with the earliest named storm in that basin in the satellite era, as well as what will likely develop into a major hurricane, neither will impact land.  The Atlantic basin remains quiet.

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Alex Puckett

Twitter: @puckettwx

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