Some rain, but not a washout this weekend... mid to upper 80s for July 4th

Updated: Jul. 1, 2021 at 3:45 PM CDT
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Showers and thunderstorms remain possible into the upcoming holiday weekend, but it we aren’t expecting the weekend to be a total washout. The greatest chances will be on Friday with the arrival of a weak cold front. On the other days, expect more isolated to scattered storm chances.

Tonight is quiet and warm with lows only getting down into the mid 70s. Some clouds will be around and winds stay light. We have one more day with highs in the low 90s before we see a drop back into the 80s for the weekend and for much of next week too!

Rain chances are highest during the late-afternoon and early evening tomorrow with some possible scattered rain lingering past sunset. We do see a tick up again in rain chances for Saturday, with most of the rain coming before sunset - which is good news for any fireworks shows. Scattered rain keeps highs in the mid-80s on Saturday and it’ll actually be a wonderful day to be outdoors so long as you don’t get caught under the rain. Sunday, July 4th, will be a great day for many reasons, among which, we could see some of the coolest high temperatures of all time for the 4th of July - only in the mid-to-upper 80s. More rain is in the forecast, but highest likelihood should be in the southern portion of the area.

If you are making outdoor plans this weekend, think about an indoor backup to have on standby, and keep the KWTX Weather App on-hand for GPS lightning alerts and interactive radar.

TROPICS UPDATE: Tropical Storm Elsa formed early Thursday morning a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the west-central Atlantic and is expected to strengthen close to hurricane strength in the next few days. The system is moving very fast, close to 25 MPH, which will help to limit its intensity, but it’s expected to threaten multiple Caribbean islands this weekend. If Elsa survives the trek across the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola, Jamaica, or Cuba and holds together, it could threaten the Southeastern U.S. next week. It’s far too early to determine where it’ll be past this weekend and where Elsa could go, but it’s one to watch here stateside.

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