FARGO — The holiday week could be starting off with some severe weather, and high temperatures may carry into the Fourth of July weekend.
A severe thunderstorm with chances of hail, damaging winds and a small possibility of tornadoes is expected to impact western North Dakota during the day on Tuesday and move east into the Red River Valley by evening, WDAY meteorologist Summer Schnellbach said.
Chances for storms persist through the evening and into Wednesday.
“Most of the day is going to be hot and humid,” Schnellbach said. “We’ll have too much warm air aloft which keeps clouds from forming during the day. But that cap is expected to erode in the evening hours. There is a bit of a chance of tornadoes west of Jamestown, but it doesn’t look too high (in Fargo). As with any severe weather, there is a chance of localized heavy rainfall.”
Conditions will be hot and humid prior to the storm, with temperatures reaching into the 90s before dipping into the 80s during the storm.
Temperatures are expected to climb heading into the weekend with highs in the 90s in Fargo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Fourth of July is forecast to be dry with a high of 94 degrees, Schnellbach said. The high in Grand Forks is expected to be 83 on Independence Day, with highs of 93 in Bismarck and 90 in Detroit Lakes, Minn.
“The weekend is looking hot and dry,” she said. “We are forecasting 94 Saturday in Fargo with partly cloudy skies and sunshine during the day. Friday will be a hot one — 90s again, upper 80s into Sunday.”
National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Hopkins said there is a chance of another round of storms late Saturday or early Sunday.
“It’s going to be flirting with 90 degrees throughout the area on Saturday and then Saturday or maybe Sunday there is a chance for storm formation,” he said. “That is something we’ll be keeping an eye out for.”
Hopkins said folks should be sure to monitor local media for weather condition updates as they celebrate the holiday. With holiday activities likely bringing people outside during the hot weather, he said people should be sure to hydrate.
“Outside of the storms, it is going to be hot,” Hopkins said. “People should be taking proper precautions to help prevent heat stress injuries. Protect pets, protect the elderly, don’t overexert yourself. Take all common sense measures to make sure to protect yourself during hot weather.”