Even though Fourth of July celebrations may be different due to coronavirus restrictions, the weather will be much like years past…hot. Across the country, temperatures soar into the upper 80s and 90s in many states.
Compared to the averages, temperatures in north-central U.S. cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis could soar into the 90s. Places in the Desert Southwest like Phoenix can also expect extreme heat. According to weather.com, temperatures may rise above 110 degrees.
While there will be sweltering heat, some areas in Florida and the Gulf Coast states could see heavy rain, according to CNN. Southern states with the highest chances of rain include Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, according to the Weather Channel. Other states in the Plains and parts of Texas may see scattered showers.
According to the National Weather Service, storms could bring flash flooding due to localized heavy rains. Accuweather meteorologist Mary Gilbert addressed the coming storms. “While a majority of the individual storms across the Southeast through the weekend will not be heavy in nature, even repeated rounds of moderate rainfall can lead to some flooding issues across the region,” Gilbert said, according to USA Today.
As for the Saharan dust, the highest concentration dissipated already. However, western and central Gulf Coast states should expect another round through the end of the week.
The weather service shared the main issues with the Saharan dust. The primary impacts of the dust include “hazy skies during the day, locally reduced visibility, degraded air quality and the potential for vividly colorful sunrises and sunsets,” the weather service said.
Planning on going outdoors this weekend? Be sure to check out health and safety recommendations from the authorities. Learn more here.