FIRST ALERT: Steamy and stormy Fourth of July

Locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning possible at times.

Sean's Friday AM WX

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A very humid and at times stormy weather pattern will settle in through the weekend.

The Fourth of July will be hot and humid again with increasing chances of storms at times. Temperatures will climb into the lower and middle 90s inland and upper 80s to near 90 at the beach. Very high humidity will remain in place and push the heat index to 104 to 108 from midday through the late afternoon. Please use extreme caution and make sure to stay cool and hydrated if spending time outdoors for the holiday.

Muggy Fourth of July
Muggy Fourth of July
For Fourth of July
For Fourth of July

From about 2PM to 6PM, scattered storms will develop and move slowly across the region. Similar to Wednesday, some of the storms will produce dangerous lightning and gusty winds. The only slight difference is the storms today will trend a bit more inland, mainly west of the Intracoastal Waterway, leaving the coast with lower chances. The storms will also be slow moving meaning areas that get underneath a storm could see very heavy rain and periods of minor street flooding.

Fourth of July
Fourth of July

Storms will start to wind down in time for the fireworks displays Thursday evening, but are possible in some areas.

Friday through the weekend will see continued high humidity and chances of storms. While no day will be a washout, storms will be likely at times each afternoon and could produce several rounds of heavy rain. The heat and humidity still remains high until Monday.

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