HOLIDAY WEATHER: Plenty of dry times for Fourth of July weekend

Fourth of July celebrations may look a little different this year with health and safety considerations, but at least the weekend will not be a washout.

There is a slight chance of rain Friday and Saturday, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon. Despite that, Deon said there will be plenty of dry times this weekend.

“For the most part, if you're grilling out, I think you are going to be in OK shape,” she said. “Only a 20% chance of rain Friday into Saturday.”

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It may still be a good idea to have backup plans just in case, according to Channel 2 chief meteorologist Glenn Burns. Summertime weather can change, he said.

This weekend’s forecast will be impacted by an upper level low, which is an unpredictable weather system, according to Burns. It looks like the low will set up along the Gulf Coast, resulting in lots of rain for the Florida Panhandle and South Georgia but dry conditions for North Georgia.

“I think we are going to see our typical afternoon pop-up showers and storms,” he said. “They will be isolated to scattered.”

While Burns said severe weather is not part of any scenario this weekend, lightning is always a possibility in the summer.

“My main concern is people out at area lakes having a good time, and it could be sunny and an hour later you could be caught in a wicked thunderstorm,” he said.

He suggested finding a way to keep informed of the changing weather throughout the weekend.

Even if it turns out mostly dry, it could feel pretty uncomfortable outside this weekend with high humidity. Muggy conditions are expected to continue.

“It is July, and it is going to feel like it, so prepare accordingly,” Deon said. “Stay hydrated getting out in the heat.”

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Afternoon temperatures are expected to reach 89 degrees Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s projected high is 87 with a few more showers around, according to Channel 2. The humidity could make it feel even hotter.

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Deon said rain chances will pick right back up for the end of the weekend and into early next week. Sunday has a 30% chance of a shower or storm, according to the latest forecast.