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FIRST ALERT: Stormy Friday ahead

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 4:03 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2021 at 3:22 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Strong storms are likely across much of the area on Friday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, warm and humid with temperatures dropping into the lower to middle 70s.

Widespread storms return ahead of the cold front to end the work week.
Widespread storms return ahead of the cold front to end the work week.(WMBF)

A stormy afternoon is on tap for Friday afternoon and evening. A cold front will move into the Carolinas during the latter half of Friday. This front will interact with abundant heat and humidity in place and result in widespread thunderstorms developing through the afternoon and evening.

Storms arrive in the afternoon.
Storms arrive in the afternoon.(WMBF)

Storms could fire as early as midday especially inland. As the front moves closer, the storms will develop and spread to the coast later in the day. While a lot severe weather is not expected, the storms will likely produce a lot of lightning, locally heavy rain and gusty winds at times. One or two of the storms could briefly turn severe with the main risk from strong wind gusts.

Friday's storms will likely produce a lot of lightning at times.
Friday's storms will likely produce a lot of lightning at times.(WMBF)

Before the storms arrive, temperatures will once again climb into the middle and upper 80s.

Showers and storms will start to taper off Friday night as drier and more stable air moves into the region.

As the cold front moves off shore early Saturday, lower humidity will continue to move into the area and make for a beautiful July 4th weekend. A stray shower or two will be possible early Saturday before skies begin to clear. Temperatures will climb into the middle and upper 80s.

Highs will drop along with the humidity for the weekend. It's a nice 4th of July forecast.
Highs will drop along with the humidity for the weekend. It's a nice 4th of July forecast.(WMBF)

The 4th will be rain free and comfortable for this time of the year. With sunny skies and noticeably lower humidity, afternoon temperatures will climb into the middle to upper 80s once again.

Humidity will gradually start to increase again next week.

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