7/1 – Rob Martin’s “First Weekend In July” Friday Night Forecast

Outside of some early-morning showers along the coastline, we’ve transitioned back to an afternoon/early evening thunderstorm pattern, with activity every day through the weekend. The rainfall so far this week has certainly been beneficial, with much of the area cutting into this year’s rain deficit by 30% or more. So, we could still use a bit more rain and we’re going to get it.

Our western zones may see a little more storm activity over the next day or two than what has been occurring there, as the Texas disturbance attempts to move into western Louisiana. Primary threat periods will remain late morning through early evening, and have bumped up early evening rain chances also.

As we get into Sunday, minor changes are possible, as high-pressure attempts to build into the area from the south and east. This is not coming from the same source region as the heat wave a week ago, so we’re not looking at a repeat of that heat. But, we will be warming to the lower 90s by July 4th, and possibly a bitter hotter later next week. Overall storm chances will lower by July 4th but they’ll not go away entirely next week. Typical afternoon activity will flare up and dissipate near sunset.

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