Sizzling 4th Here; Soggy and Windy in Northeast

ec7f2f67-bff0-47f3-a682-78ea2edb6615_650x366By Donna Thomas, Meteorologist, July 4, 2014 – South Florida will be sizzling hot and steamy on the 4th of July, but much of the U.S. East Coast will see heavy rain and gusty winds, thanks to Hurricane Arthur. At 5 am Friday, Arthur was located near 36.0 North, 75.3 West, or 20 miles east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Maximum winds were 100 miles per hour, and the hurricane is now racing northeast at 23 miles per hour, which will bring it east of Nantucket and Cape Cod late on Friday. While tropical storm conditions are expected in coastal Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay region, and portions of Cape Cod and Nantucket, Arthur will spoil the festivities from the Carolinas northward to eastern Maine, even as it gradually weakens and loses its tropical characteristics. Arthur is the first category 2 hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2008.  125935W5_NL_sm

image6South Florida will be hot, steamy, and stormy in spots on the 4th. Look for highs in the low to mid 90s (feeling about 10 degrees hotter) and afternoon storms, mostly inland. Most of the storms should be gone before it’s time for the fireworks displays. Saturday and Sunday will be hot as well, with highs in the sweltering low to mid 90s and some afternoon storms in spots. The workweek will feature muggy mornings, highs in the low 90s, and our typical summertime afternoon storms.