FIRST ALERT: Stormy Friday followed by a beautiful July 4th

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 4:02 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2021 at 3:31 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Seasonably hot and humid weather continues Thursday before a round of strong storms and locally heavy rain arrives on Friday.

Tonight will be warm and muggy temperatures dropping into the lower to middle 70s.

Thursday will see another round of hot and humid weather with afternoon temperatures climbing to 85 to 90. With high humidity, a stray shower or two will be possible with afternoon rain chances at 20%.

Warm and muggy.
Warm and muggy.(WMBF)

An active weather pattern develops by Friday as high humidity will interact with a slow moving cold front. The result will be a good chance of storms through the late afternoon and evening hours. With plenty of heat and humidity in place, some storms could be strong with locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning at times. Before the storms begin, temperatures will climb into the middle and upper 80s. Rain chances for Friday afternoon and evening have increased to 70%.

Showers and storms return Friday.
Showers and storms return Friday.(WMBF)

Rain chances will continue overnight Friday but the risk of stronger storms will diminish.

The cold front will push off shore early Saturday and allow lower humidity to move in. After a few morning showers on Saturday, skies are now expected to gradually clear. Afternoon temperatures will reach the lower to middle 80s.

Drier air will continue to move into the region on the 4th of July and may make for the nicest holiday in years. With much lower humidity, the risk of showers and storms is now down to 0%. Not only will it be dry, but it will be rather comfortable by July standards with afternoon temperatures in the middle to upper 80s under mostly sunny skies.

A beautiful holiday on the way.
A beautiful holiday on the way.(WMBF)

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