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4th of July Looks Hot, Stormy

UPDATED 7:30 AM EDT, July 4, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy

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Fireworks will be booming across the sky for the Fourth of July, but the big question is: will it be Mother Nature providing the Independence Day show?

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The West`s big heat wave will continue through the 4th of July holiday. Temperatures will easily exceed the century mark throughout the Southwest, southern Great Basin and California`s Interior Valleys. The heat, drought and increased fire risk will likely limit the amount of fireworks and outdoor grilling allowed.

It will be a great holiday to head to the pool, beach or lake to cool off across the rest of the U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Abundant July sunshine will push temperatures into the 90s across the rest of the interior West, interior Northwest, Rockies, western High Plains and Texas. The immediate Pacific Coast of California, Oregon and Washington will be cooler, with 70s and low 80s prevalent. A few thunderstorms will pop-up across the Rockies, Sierras, and Black Hills including Mount Rushmore, with isolated storms possible over eastern Texas.

From the Mississippi River eastward, it will be a totally different story. The booming sound heard in the afternoon won`t be fireworks, but thunderstorms. Afternoon thunderstorms will pop up anywhere from Florida and the eastern Gulf Coast northward into eastern Great Lakes and the interior Northeast. Most places along the Atlantic Seaboard east of the Appalachians will have some sunshine through most of the day. However, a few afternoon storms will pop up, sending people at parks, beaches and in the backyard scurrying for cover. High temperatures will be in the 80s to low 90s, with high humidity making it feel quite uncomfortable for the post-dusk fireworks.

The coolest places to celebrate Independence Day will be in the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, where temperatures in the upper 70s will make it a great day to be outside. However, a pop-up afternoon thunderstorm is still possible.

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