It is hot across our area this Independence Day, with a chance of a few isolated thunderstorms this evening.
The storms are not expected to be widespread. Most areas should be able to get their fireworks off, as long as a storm does not develop nearby. If a storm does not develop in your area, you should be rain free.
Temps should be in the 80s this evening as you head out to watch the displays.
It is important to remember this about lightning and thunder: If you see it, flee it. If you hear it, clear it.
Experts say if you see lightning or hear thunder you should find safe shelter immediately.
A building ridge of high pressure across the Southeast will keep hot and sticky weather across eastern Carolina on Independence Day. Highs will reach the middle 90s inland while the beaches top out in the upper 80s on the Crystal Coast and around 90° along the Outer Banks. A few thunderstorms will likely develop late in the afternoon and evening but many communities will remain free of rain. Hot and humid conditions will continue through the week and into the weekend.