Triangle will celebrate Fourth of July with cooler temperatures, chance for rain
Posted July 3, 2018 5:11 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:19 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — As the Triangle celebrates the Fourth of July, temperatures will cool off, but stray showers could delay some local fireworks displays.
After heat indexes in the 100s for the past two days, the Fourth of July will be cooler, with highs in the upper 80s, as a chance for a storm enters the area.
According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze, Wednesday will start out sunny, with lower temperatures and humidity.
"If you want to take the boat out to the lake, if you want to take a picnic in the morning, things look good," he said.
The greatest chance for rain will be between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., but even then, most will likely stay dry.
"You have about a 30 percent chance to see a shower or storm during this time period. Not a great chance whatsoever," Maze said.
The chance for rain will be greatest late afternoon and in the evening.
Temperatures will be in the mid 80s at night for fireworks viewers, and in most places, rain won't heavily impact the show or poolside cookouts.
Thursday and Friday will behave similarly to Wednesday, with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s and a chance for storms.
By the weekend, things will cool down significantly, and Maze said there is a small chance temperatures will remain in the 70s on Saturday.
"Every once in a while, we get a cold front in July that comes along and has an impact. I think this one is going to have an impact," Maze said.