Big changes follow our hot 4th of July

Good Wednesday and Happy Independence Day. This may very well be the hottest day of the entire summer, with a heat index topping out above 100 for many areas. This hot and humid setup is about to take a backseat to a cold front, bringing much better air our way by the weekend.

Actual temps today will range from 90-95, but the high humidity makes it feel like 100-105. Take a lot of breaks if you’re going to be out at the parades or just enjoying a cookout in the back yard.

Isolated storms may also flare up:

Thursday is another hot one, with a slightly better chance for showers and storms. Those storm chances really increase on Friday as our cold front arrives:

Strong storms and torrential rainfall is likely with this bad boy. Behind the front comes a taste of the good stuff. Temps this weekend go below normal:

This is likely the beginning of a much cooler second half of summer around here and across much of the country. The CFS temps through mid August show this well:

The European Model continues to signal the cooler look:

Do you think the cooler setup means a drier pattern? Probably not:

Have a safe and happy 4th of July. Take care.

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