Hot weather will continue to dominate the area through the rest of the week, and for the most part (with one possible exception) the skies should remain mostly clear. High temperatures will top out in the mid to high 90s throughout. For Tuesday dry air should remain in the region, resulting in mostly clear conditions, with light morning winds giving way to afternoon breezes in the 10-15 mph range. At this time it looks like the winds should calm down enough to allow the professional fireworks displays to get underway near or on schedule. On Wednesday, we do develop a light southerly flow that could allow some afternoon thunderstorms to develop, and a Fire Weather Watch is in effect on Wednesday as a result.

The flow turns more southwesterly on Thursday which should stabilize things, keeping us mostly sunny but warm through the rest of the week.

Here’s hoping you have a Safe and Sane 4th of July holiday, and at the risk of sounding patronizing, please leave the fireworks to the professionals. Besides being illegal in most of the state, if you start a fire (and that’s ridiculously easy to do now), you could be on the hook for millions. They could be the most expensive sparklers you ever saw.