July 4th forecast: Thursday evening perfect for fireworks

jmonk@thestate.comJuly 1, 2013 

Sandi and Whit Cline host a party to watch the fireworks at their home across from Billy Dreher Island at Lake Murray on June 30, 2012.

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— Although rain and thunderstorms are forecast for much of this week in the Columbia area, the National Weather Service is predicting little or no chance of rain for Thursday night fireworks.

However, the days before the 4th of July will be typically – but not excessively – hot with chances of thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service reports that Monday – as the day goes on – we can expect possible showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m., along with a high of 85.

Monday night, the chance of rain is about 50 percent, along with possible thunderstorms. Lows will be about 71.

Here’s the National Weather Service’s forecast through Independence Day:

• Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms. High near 84. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

• Tuesday night. Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am. Low around 72. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

• Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 86. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

• Wednesday night. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

• Thursday (holiday) A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

• Thursday night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.

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