First Alert Weather Day for the Fourth of July
Scattered strong to severe storms possible
PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - We’re issuing First Alert Weather Days for both Monday and Tuesday.
Monday, Fourth of July: We’re watching the potential for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon, mainly between noon and 6 PM. This threat is dependent on a system working through the northern plains Monday morning. The timing and dynamics of this system and how it evolves in the morning will paint a better picture on how our storm chances play out in the afternoon. Essentially, models have a hard time evaluating daytime summer heating and how that influences thunderstorm development in advance.
Bottom line, we have a good chance to see thunderstorms in the afternoon on Monday. Some of them may become strong to severe and produce damaging winds (primary concern), large hail, localized flooding, and cannot rule out an isolated tornado north of 74. Storm Prediction Center highlights the northern half of our viewing area in a level 2 threat for severe weather, meaning they have the best chances at seeing a couple of stronger storms.
Also, highs Monday will climb into the low 90s and feel-like temperatures will be close to the triple digits. Skies will feature a mix of clouds and sun and winds will be breezy at times. Hydrating over the course of this week will be especially important due to the increase in heat and humidity.
Tuesday, July 5th: A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for Tuesday due to excessive heat and humidity. Highs will climb into the mid to upper 90s and feel-like temperatures will be between 105-115. Heat related illness become a concern with oppressive heat like this, so take proper caution when outside, avoid prolonged sun exposure, take frequent breaks, and stay hydrated. A Heat Advisory will likely be issued.
The hot and humid weather will continue at least through Thursday. Each day this week also carries chances of thunderstorms and Tuesday is in a marginal risk, meaning there’s an isolated chance for a thunderstorm to develop and become strong to severe with damaging winds, large hail, and localized flooding all concerns.
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