Independence Day Weather Outlook
UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, July 4, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
The hot-button weather topic will be Hurricane Arthur and its climb up the East Coast for Indepedence Day. The other weather trouble spots impacting Fourth of July celebrations will be found from the Desert Southwest into the central Plains.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Greene has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
Hurricane Arthur accelerating along the Eastern Seaboard will fling spiraling squall bands of locally heavy rain and high winds into parts of the eastern Carolinas and southeastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Island, today into tonight. Gusts topping tropical storm force, greater than 39 mph and rain totals of 1 to 3 inches will be common here. Further west, tropical-like downpours and a few embedded thunderstorms will bubble along a stalled front across interior central and northern New England today.
The mercury will be held to the 70s in the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic, with a few 80s for the southern Mid-Atlantic states where sunny breaks will be more common.
The other weather hiccup interrupting Fourth of July celebrations will be found from the central Plains to the Desert Southwest. Here, numerous downpours and even a few fresh thunderstorms will usher a few outdoor plans indoors this afternoon and evening. Highs will be somewhat cooler than typical early July standards, with 80s and 90s expected.
Meanwhile, most of the Great Lakes and Southeast will be dry and slightly cooler than normal, with highs in the 70s in the Great Lakes and in the middle 80s to middle 90s in the Southeast. Florida should expect isolated showers and storms.
Another hot and dry day is expected in the interior West, with highs in the 80s and 90s in the Northwest. Coastal areas from California to Washington remain cooler as highs reach the 60s and 70s.
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