The southern heat and humidity is back in full force, and it is going to be a scorching holiday in the Valley.
In fact, temperatures will reach the mid-to-upper 90s both Sunday and Monday; when you factor in the humidity, it will feel more like 100 degrees. Be sure to have plenty of ice water on hand if you are celebrating Independence Day outdoors!
The odds of rain and a few storms increase over the weekend, but it's looking like Monday (Monday night in particular) brings the best chance of some rain before the next stretch of very hot, dry weather.
4th of July Weekend: The coverage of storms Sunday looks very spotty. Got plans including a lake, a pool, or a cookout? Don’t cancel them; just be sure you have Live Alert 19 on your mobile device to keep you ahead of any isolated pop-up storms that develop during the hottest part of the day.
The chance of rain increases to 30 percent on Monday afternoon (Independence Day) because a weak disturbance moving in from the northwest should be enough to kick off numerous showers and storms. The storms start early in the day over West Tennessee and move east into the Valley for Monday afternoon and evening. The chance of rain increases to 60 percent after dark Monday through early Tuesday morning. There is a chance some Fourth of July fireworks displays could be impacted by some rain and thunderstorms.
Want to know where to find Tennessee Valley fireworks shows running through the weekend? See our list at WHNT.com!
So what’s the best day to do something outside? While there is a chance of a handful of afternoon storms Sunday, unfortunately Monday is clearly the front-runner for scattered storms now; if you have the flexibility to have your Fourth celebration on Sunday, you have a better chance of missing the scattered storms than on Monday.
Otherwise, keep Live Alert 19 up and running on your mobile device so that you can track any storms that may be moving into your area. If you notice a storm moving closer, or you hear thunder or see lightning, head to the nearest building with plumbing or electricity, since these features will direct any lightning strikes away from you and into the ground.
If no buildings are available, a car, truck, or van with a hard roof will be fine; avoid soft-top vehicles like convertibles, since they do not provide any protection from a lightning strike. Despite popular myth, it is not the rubber tires that protect you from a lightning strike, but rather the hollow metal shell of a vehicle that directs lightning's electrical current to the ground.