Happy Independence Day! Once again this year we'll enjoy heat and tropical humidity with a side of storm chances. If you have flexible 4th of July plans, great! The earlier the better. Scattered storms will fire up during the afternoon and linger into the evening hours. Meanwhile it will be another steamy afternoon with highs approaching 90 degrees (for the 7th straight day) and heat indices in the mid 90s. There is good news for the fireworks displays. Just like the past couple of evenings, storms will fizzle with the loss of daytime heating. Clouds will linger for fireworks time and it will be muggy.
This 4th of July will be like many others - hot and muggy. But it won't be hot as a firecracker like last year when the mercury rose to 97°. That was good enough to tie for the 3rd hottest Independence Day in Lexington. (It also happened to be the hottest day of 2018.) The hottest July 4th on record was in 2012 with a high of 99°. 1968 holds the record for the lowest 4th of July temperature. The wettest July 4th occurred in 1935 when 1.83" was recorded.