July 4 may be one of the coolest

Clear skies were ideal for tonight's fireworks on the eve of Independence Day, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

Temperatures will continue to fall overnight into the 50s and bottom out in the low 50s for most, but some spots north will see readings in the upper 40s. The record low tomorrow is 49, which should be safe, Simpson said. However, it looks like it still may be one of the 10 coolest July 4 mornings in the last 120 year since records have been kept.

On the Fourth of July, it will be sunny all day with temperatures at 10 a.m. parade time in the 60s with highs in the mid to upper 70s. The drawback: the UV index will be very high, so sunburns are likely for those who spend an extended period outside without sunscreen. Friday night will be clear with fireworks temperatures in the upper 60s. Temperatures drop to the mid 50s overnight.

On Saturday, sun will give way to a few clouds in the afternoon, but overall it will be a sunny day with still low humidity. Afternoon highs will top out at or just above 80.

On Sunday, there will be more clouds, especially in the afternoon. Also, the humidity starts to come back a bit, but by July standards Simpson said it will still be comfortable. Morning temperatures will be close to 60 with afternoon highs in the low 80s north to mid-80s Dayton and points south.

On Monday, morning lows will be in the mid- to upper 60s and afternoon highs will be in the low 80s with clouds and some sun. Residents will be feeling the humidity again. "That plus an approaching cold front will lead to showers and thunderstorms, especially afternoon and evening. We will have to watch for the potential for severe weather with this system," Simpson said.

On Tuesday, the cold front settles south of the area, but how much is in question, which is why a chance for a shower or thunderstorm remains in the forecast. The best chance for any rain will be points south. Morning lows will be in the mid to upper 60s and afternoon highs in the low 80s with clouds and some sun.

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