|Independence Day Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, July 4, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
|Mother Nature will produce her own fireworks on the Fourth of July east of the Mississippi. The relentless record-breaking heat wave baking the U.S.`s midsection doesn`t show any sign of letting up either for the midweek outdoor holiday celebrations. The best weather by far will be along the West Coast. |
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.
Parades could get dampened by drenching downpours today across the Dakotas and along the Interstate 95 corridor from Baltimore to Boston. Having the rain gear, umbrella and poncho will all be handy items.
Picnics, barbecues and pool parties could be interrupted by afternoon storms in the Upper Mississippi Valley and much of the East. A few of the thunderstorms could bring a quick shot of gusty winds along much of the Eastern Seaboard.
An influx of monsoonal moisture will generate spits of rain for those wanting to enjoy an outdoor celebration in the Southwest and Rockies. Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Colorado Springs, Colo., are just a few of the cities where thunderstorms with heavy downpours could put a wrench in afternoon cookouts.
Even though skies will be rain and cloud-free in the West and Plains, there will be no shortage of hot weather. Pool-goers from Brownsville, Texas, to Minneapolis and California`s San Joaquin Valley will need plenty of water and sunscreen as sunshine allows temperatures to climb well into the 90s and even lower 100s this afternoon.
Fireworks displays should go on without a hitch for many cities and towns in the U.S. The weather could, however, could delay or even postpone shows in the Rockies, Upper Mississippi and Ohio valleys, the Northeast and Southeast Atlantic Coast.
The weather will be a bit on the warm side for residents in the Central and Eastern U.S. who will be watching fireworks. A strong high pressure bubble anchored across the Central U.S. will keep readings in the 80s and 90s when fireworks shows commence.
The Northwest will be the only exception to the rule. Here, cool 60s during the day will drop back into the upper 50s when the first round of fireworks shoots into the night sky.
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