Fourth of July forecast: Heat, chance of shower or storm

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Fourth of July is typically the hottest holiday of the year and this year will certainly live up to that.

We’ll see highs in the low 90s, and it will feel hotter than that because of the rather high humidity. Heat index readings will rise to 95 degrees to 100 degrees during the afternoon.

A heat advisory has been issued for most of the Lower Peninsula until 8 p.m. Wednesday due to the heat index readings reaching up to 105 degrees in some places. 

We have already seen nine 90-degree days so far this year.  Wednesday will likely bring our count up to 10.

Our dew points will be steamy, climbing back into the low 70s, so during the afternoon, the “Muggy Meter” climbs into the Oppressive category.

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Any showers and storms that form on Wednesday will be isolated and hit and miss. Some of these may pop up in the early afternoon as a lake breeze forms. This would act to clear out the lakeshore a bit earlier in the day and bring a little cooler lake air 5-10 miles inland.

Most of the showers and thunderstorms will have dissipated by 10:30 p.m. as the fireworks go up.

Showers and storms could be a little more widespread on Thursday before being swept out by a cold front early Friday.

This same cold front will bring in much more comfortable air for the weekend: Highs will be in the low to mid-80s with dew points in the 50s.  It should be sunny for Friday, Saturday and Sunday! 

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