Chance of rain lingers throughout holiday weekend

Published 4:06 pm Thursday, July 2, 2015

Those with plans for July Fourth may have to hope they dodge the rain for their cookout or day on the lake.

National Weather Service forecasts call for a chance of showers and thunderstorms starting Thursday night and lasting through Sunday, meteorologist Jim Stefkovich said.

The chance of rain is 20 percent overnight Thursday, increasing to 30 percent on Friday, 40 percent Friday night and 50 percent for Independence Day and Sunday, July 5.

Monday will also see a chance of rain (40 percent).

“We’re seeing a very unsettled and active pattern,” Stefkovich said.

Temperatures for the holiday weekend will be close to average, with highs in the mid- to upper-80s and lows around 71 degrees.

Friday should be slightly warmer, with a high of 89 degrees, while July Fourth and Sunday will have highs of 85 degrees.

Winds should be a steady 5 to 10 miles per hour from the southwest.

“It’ll be very humid out there,” Stefkovich said. “It’s Alabama in the summertime.”

The far north of Chilton County received 1 to 2 inches of rain Wednesday night, according to the NWS.