Chance for heavy rain, thunderstorms over Fourth of July weekend

The heat is on today with highs in the mid-90s and the heat index feeling as high as 105°.  A cold front is approaching but it won’t get to Central Texas until tomorrow.  The 4th of July looks wet as well.

The front won’t actually bring the cooler air but it will bring clouds and rain showers/thunderstorms that will keep the sun from warming things up too much.  Rain will be heavy at times with thunderstorms around all day.  Severe weather is unlikely though lightning and isolated flooding are both possible since rainfall totals could push 3" in some places.

The rain continues into Sunday so 4th of July festivities should have a rain contingency plan.

Thunderstorms and showers will be scattered but widespread enough that most will see some rain. The heaviest rain will be held to the afternoon as the day heats up and should weaken as the sun sets, but showers and storms are possible after sundown.

Rain showers and thunderstorms continue off and on into next week as the cold front washes out over Central Texas.  The storms should not be severe but heavy rain and lightning will be issues with most storms and gusty winds in the strongest cells.

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