Thursday, July 3 Forecast Discussion

The cold front that brought all of the showers and storms last night has now exited the region, and in it's wake, an area of high pressure in the central Plains is moving to our north and influencing our weather. This northerly wind has brought in drier air and will allow dew points to plummet tonight, making a run at record low temperatures for the next three nights.

Highs on the Fourth should remain in the upper 80s area wide with plenty of sunshine. We will have a beautiful starlit backdrop for the fireworks festivities all around the area Friday night.

This weekend will see temperatures begin to rebound back into the lower and middle 90s as the upper level ridge starts to return. The strength of this ridge is something we will be watching closely. If the ridge weakens towards the middle of next week, we will see more in the way of showers and storms. If it is stronger next week, then we may only see a storm or two. For now, I am going to split the difference until models handle the situation better.

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