Fourth of July forecast: Hot, isolated storm chances

Hot weather is virtually guaranteed for the fourth, and there's a chance we see mother nature's fireworks across Central Virginia

4th of July Forecast

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It is going to be a hot fourth of July, and there could be a few showers and thunderstorms too.

Later Saturday afternoon and evening, isolated showers and thunderstorms may develop. Storms would be more likely between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The fourth of July forecast looks hot in Richmond with high temperatures climbing into the low to mid 90s and a chance for afternoon/evening showers and storms.
The fourth of July forecast looks hot in Richmond with high temperatures climbing into the low to mid 90s and a chance for afternoon/evening showers and storms. (Source: WWBT)

It’s important to point out that most of the daylight hours on July Fourth will likely be dry, it is NOT expected to be a washout. The showers and storms will be hit or miss, so some locations may stay dry the entire day.

For fireworks time Saturday evening, there will still be a low storm chance but the chance for storms decreases later in the evening.

There will be a low chance for thunderstorms during fireworks time on Saturday evening.
There will be a low chance for thunderstorms during fireworks time on Saturday evening. (Source: WWBT)

With the high heat expected, make sure to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks if you are spending time outdoors this weekend.

It will likely be a few degrees cooler at the Bay where temperatures will top out in the upper 80s on Saturday. There will be a low chance for storms at the Bay.

High temperatures on Saturday at the Bay will climb into the upper 80s to near 90, a few degrees cooler than farther inland.
High temperatures on Saturday at the Bay will climb into the upper 80s to near 90, a few degrees cooler than farther inland. (Source: WWBT)

At Virginia Beach there will also be a low chance for storms both days of the weekend.

The Virginia Beach forecast looks good this weekend with a low chance for afternoon showers and storms.
The Virginia Beach forecast looks good this weekend with a low chance for afternoon showers and storms. (Source: WWBT)

The chance for storms is even lower on the Outer Banks.

There will be an even lower chance for storms at the Outer Banks this weekend with high temperatures in the upper 70s on Saturday and mid 80s on Sunday.
There will be an even lower chance for storms at the Outer Banks this weekend with high temperatures in the upper 70s on Saturday and mid 80s on Sunday. (Source: WWBT)

The rip current risk is expected to be low, but still use caution if you’re venturing into the water, and make sure to put on the sunscreen because there will be a very high UV index.

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