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Scattered storms could threaten holiday weekend plans

Posted July 1
Updated July 2

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— Despite the possibility of scattered storms this weekend from the beach to the mountains, plenty of dry hours should remain to squeeze in Fourth of July celebrations.

On Friday, temperatures eclipsed 90 degrees as patchy clouds lingered, but the region is looking at the possibility of more rain, though the best chances of thunderstorms will be from counties around Raleigh and to the south and east.

“It looks like most of us will be dry with a few showers in our northwest counties,” WRAL Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. “Tomorrow, a fairly quiet morning and then the showers and thunderstorms start to pop up in the afternoon.”

Fishel said the highest chance for precipitation and storms on Saturday will occur during the late-afternoon and evening hours.

Temperatures will hover in the low-70s overnight but return to the 90s by Saturday afternoon.

July 4 fireworks displays scheduled around the Triangle could be squeezed in during the dry times, but with chances of afternoon storms on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the long weekend will mimic Friday.

“I really think that the most active time, where we see the most coverage and perhaps the heaviest amounts, is going to be Sunday and on in to July 4,” Fishel said.

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