A trough descending from the north will stir up some afternoon showers and storms this Independence Day weekend in North Florida. We saw some isolated, but locally strong storms move from west to east on Friday afternoon, putting a damper on some residents’ fourth of July plans. For Saturday and Sunday, the trough lifts back to the north, bringing some more widespread storm activity both days. Unfortunately, this weekend doesn’t look like it will be the best for any outdoor activities. We’ll be tracking the storms for you all weekend long at the WRUF Weather Center. As always, you can track any storms that form live on our interactive radar, or follow us on twitter @WRUFWeather for downpour alerts in Alachua County. That way, you’ll know just when rain is headed your way, and when you need to take cover indoors from heavy rain, damaging winds, or lightning.
Even deeper moisture will move into the area by Monday, pushing rain chances up even further for our first Monday of July. By Tuesday or Wednesday, however, a ridge of high pressure starts to set up in the gulf. Depending on where the center of the ridge forms, we may have a chance to dry out a bit by the middle of the week. We’ll be monitoring that for you here at WRUF Weather as we move into the weekend.
Outside of rain, of course it will be hot. Heat indices approach 100 in many locations Saturday and Sunday. By now, we don’t have to remind North Floridians to take precautions from the heat, including drinking plenty of fluids, taking frequent breaks in the shade, and wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Heat indices will climb into the middle of the week, due to the aforementioned drying trend.