Good Wednesday morning, Happy 4th of July and more importantly…Happy 242nd Birthday to the United States of America!
Looking at the synoptics a classic 4th of July pattern continues. Aloft, high pressure remains in tact across the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Northeast US. For here in North Carolina we have a light easterly flow along the southern periphery of the ridge. The easterly flow at the low and mid levels is pumping hot and humid weather into the interior Southeast US including the Carolinas. Temperatures yesterday were in the low to mid 90’s however heat index values were in the triple digits for a while yesterday across the Piedmont and mid/upper 90’s in the Foothills.
Today’s numbers might be slightly lower overall but it will continue to be at times uncomfortable outside. If you plan to spend extended amounts of time outdoors today, please remain well hydrated and find a cool spot. Storm chances look very slim at this point for today but given the heat and humidity in place you can’t totally eliminate the chances of a lone shower/storm…
Overall we don't see too many hazards out there today for your 4th of July festivities whether is be in your backyard, pool, lake or at local events. Just remember to remain well hydrated with water and sports drinks and find shelter indoors or in the shade occasionally to beat the heat! We will monitor the radar through the day to see if anything possibly could impact events both this afternoon and this evening around the time most local firework displays will take place.