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Yesterday, the weather was quite nice for the Fourth of July, and while it can be quite hot this time of year, temperatures stayed comfortably warm.
The sun is very strong in early July, and the intensity of it keeps the air feeling warmer than the actual temperature on the thermometer. The UV index will continue near the top of the chart today, so continue to use that sunscreen.
Humidity is low again this morning and with wall-to-wall sunshine, I am expecting another banner day of weather. Last year, July was hot and dry. As it is one of the driest and the hottest months on average, we can expect plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures to continue.
The variation in July is less about whether it will be warm warm and humid or not, but rather a question of just how warm and humid the day-to-day will be. As I look out over the next couple of weeks, the pattern isn't conducive to prolonged heat waves or prolonged humidity.
Starting Thursday, things will become humid for a couple of days. The humidity will build into Friday, bringing along an increased risk of showers and storms. By then, we could use the rain, so I am hopeful for at least some significant showers, but I can't be sure just yet.
After the showers end, the weekend is looking quite nice with a return to lower humidity and warm temperatures. We are rapidly approaching the warmest week of the year, so it stands to reason highs in the mid-80s are going to be common for a while.
If you did turn off your irrigation during the regular rains of June, be sure it's back on now as the top soil is definitely getting dry.
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Wednesday: Sunny and dry. Highs in the low 80s.
Wednesday Night: Mainly clear and comfortable for sleeping. Lows 55-60.
Thursday: Lots of sunshine, late afternoon clouds. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Friday: Clouds, more humidity and sunny periods. Scattered showers and storms. Highs 77-81.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and warm. Highs in the mid-80s. Cooler Cape Cod.
Sunday: Mainly sunny, low humidity and warm. Highs in the mid-80s. Cooler Cape Cod.
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