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First Warning Forecast: Tracking a sunny and pretty comfortable holiday weekend

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Posted at 10:38 AM, Jul 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-03 11:28:00-04

Meteorologist April Loveland's First Warning Forecast

Clearing skies as high pressure builds over the area this weekend.

You can put the umbrella away for the holiday. Expect plenty of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will warm to the upper 70s and low 80s today, under mostly sunny skies. Dewpoints will be low for July, making for a very comfortable day. Skies will continue to be mostly clear overnight with lows in the mid 60s.

Lots of sunshine to kick off the Fourth of July. Temperatures will warm to the mid 80s, with fairly low humidity. Skies will continue to be mostly clear as you head out to see the fireworks. Temperatures will fall to near 70 overnight.

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The heat and humidity continue to build on Monday. Highs will warm to the low 90s and dewpoints will rise into the mid 60s, which will make it feel a little stickier than the weekend.

Even hotter on Tuesday with highs in the low 90s, but will feel closer to the upper 90s.

Shower and storm chances will go up slightly Wednesday afternoon. It will still be hot and humid with highs in the low 90s.

We continue to keep an eye on Elsa and the potential impacts for the area. As of now, keeping chances for wet weather both Thursday and Friday and will continue to monitor the track of the system.

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Elsa is located 40 miles south of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic. Elsa moving toward the west-northwest near 29 mph. A decrease in forward speed is expected later today and Sunday, followed by a turn toward the northwest Sunday night or Monday.

On the forecast track, Elsa will move near the southern coast of Hispaniola later today and tonight, and move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba on Sunday. By Monday, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba and head toward the Florida Straits. Elsa is forecast to move move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida on Tuesday. Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are now near 70 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast tonight, but gradual weakening is forecast on Sunday and Monday when Elsa is expected to be near or over Cuba.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles mainly to the north of the center.

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Weather & Health

Pollen: Low-Medium (Grasses)

UV Index: 8 (Very High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Meteorologist April Loveland

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