Hour-by-hour look at showers, storms for Fourth of July

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 18:49:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. --  A front across North Carolina will lift northward on Monday, increasing the chance of showers and storms.  It will not rain the entire day and there will be dry hours, but we will see a few clusters of storms pass through the area.  The best chance of rain for the second half of the day will be north of Richmond.  Thunderstorms that do occur will produce heavy rainfall and a few storms may contain hail and gusty winds.  Highs will reach the low and mid 80s.  The chance of storms in the evening is around 40%.

With a warm front north of our area on Tuesday, hotter and more humid air will return to the region.  Highs will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s.  A few scattered storms will be around.

Hot and muggy weather will last through the middle and end of the week with highs getting well into the 90s.  The afternoon heat index will make it feel even hotter.  While we can't rule out an isolated storm or two, the second half of the week will be a lot drier.