As expected, temperatures returned to the 90s Thursday afternoon and they're likely to remain there for the foreseeable future.
With what's left of a weakening front stalled to our south, storm chances will stay quite low locally right through the weekend, with maybe only around 10-20 percent outside of the mountains.
Otherwise, right through the weekend and through at least the middle part of next week, it will be hot. Highs will be in the low-mid 90s every day going forward, and when the humidity is factored in, the heat index will push at least 100 degrees each afternoon (perhaps several degrees above 100 degrees on Saturday).
As for rain chances, a slight uptick in thunderstorms may arrive by Independence Day, but at this early point, backyard parties and fireworks should not be disrupted in a big way.
Keep in mind, while we are solidly forecasting low to mid 90s for the next week or so, these are values that are only slightly above the average for this time of the year. So, while it will be hot, we're nowhere near the records this weekend, which stand at 104 degrees each of the next 3 days, all set during a brutal heatwave in 2012.
Have a great Friday & weekend, keep cool!
- Meteorologist Al Conklin
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