Today is fourth coolest Fourth of July; skies clear for fireworks

The morning low of 52 is tied for the fourth coolest Fourth of July, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said.

Today's afternoon high of 77, although only 7 degrees below average, makes it the 18th coolest Independence Day afternoon on record, which go back 120 years, he said. Take away all the Fourths of July with significant cloud cover or rain, it becomes the seventh coolest "sunny" Fouth of July afternoon on record for the date.

"Percentage-wise, since we've had five lows of 52 is its cooler than 95 percent of July 4 mornings, and cooler than about 90 percent of July 4 afternoons," Simpson said.

Skies will stay clear for a second night perfect for fireworks viewing. Temperatures will drop into the upper 60s to around 70 for any fireworks tonight, so it will be about 5 degrees higher than last night's weather.

On Saturday, there will be some scattered afternoon clouds with highs near 80 in the afternoon following a start in the mid-50s.

On Sunday, it will be a milder start close to 60 with highs in the mid-80s. Humidity rises a bit and there will be more clouds the second half of the day.

On Monday, showers and thunderstorms return, with the first ones arriving just before sunrise, especially north of Interstate 70. Humidity also jumps up quite a bit. Temperatures will start in the upper 60s and rise to the mid-80s. Strong storms are possible, with wind being the main threat. More showers and thunderstorms will linger Monday night.

On Tuesday, a cold front appears to stay right over the area, so more showers and thunderstorms are expected through the day. Temperatures start in the upper 60s and highs will be in the low to mid-80s.

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