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WEATHER: Extreme heat, severe storms, tropical storm, and 4th of July

WEATHER: Extreme heat, severe storms, tropical storm, and 4th of July

by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 8:49 PM

No shortage of weather to chat about today!  Below is the "BIG FOUR" weather headlines.  

Let's start with the extreme heat and humidity.  So far, we already have a record warm low temperature (as long as the temp doesn't drop below 78 by 12am).  Highs today will be in the low-mid 90s with the heat index climbing over 100.  Protect people and pets from the heat, never leave anyone in a parked hot car.  Make sure your pets have shade and fresh water, better yet, air conditioning.  

This high heat and humidity will provide fuel for any storm that develops as a cold front moves over the region today and tonight.  Notice on the map below, the cold front is the "trigger" or "scoop" to get the storms off the ground, and the heat and humidity is the fuel to keep them going, and make them robust.  Damaging winds in excess of 60 mph possible, along with large hail.  Any storm will contain locally heavy rain and frequent lightning.  Go inside if you hear thunder, if a warning is issued - seek shelter.  Notice, on the Futurecast maps, much of the afternoon will be dry, thanks to a "cap" (layer of warm air) preventing the storms from firing up.  The highest chance of strong/severe storms will be this evening around sunset.  The storms will die out before midnight.

Next up, the first tropical storm of the 2014 Hurricane Season has formed!  Tropical Storm Arthur's track is below, and the storm is forecast ot become a hurricane just off the Carolina Coast, possibly hitting the Outer Banks of North Carolina by early Friday.  

Finally, our 7day forecast showing what many of are anticipating - big relief in a couple days with highs in the upper 70s by Thursday!  Low temperatures will drop to the upper 50s and low 60s (good camping/sleeping weather).  

A perfect July 4th with most of the day in the 70s with sunshine and low humidity, and an afternoon high of 81.  No weather worries through our holiday weekend - great lake and pool weather with highs in the mid 80s Saturday, then back near 90 Sunday.  

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