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Here's your July Fourth-cast: Plan on heat, humidity, afternoon rumbles

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 13:53:13-04

CLEVELAND — The Fourth of July is... well, in July. It's supposed to be hot. Right? Yes. Average high temps in Cleveland on the Fourth are right at 82 degrees. It's safe to say we'll be above that! We're looking at upper 80s to near 90 for Independence Day 2019.

Thankfully no where near the record of 98 degrees set back in 1990. (Sorry, I can't think of 90s throwback references including Nick Lachey!)

The sprinkle on our melted ice cream cones this year is humidity. We're adding intense humidity to our forecast. That makes it even harder for our bodies to stay cool and comfortable. The more moisture in the air, the slower our sweat evaporates and the slower our body cools. You can combat Mother Nature with plenty of water, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Try to avoid alcohol also. It won't hydrate you!

Another form of relief from the heat is rain. It's in the forecast. Plan on thunderstorms. The best shot will be a few afternoon rumbles. Morning parades may escape rain free but your afternoon cook outs may not be as lucky. Make sure you have a plan B for those afternoon storms.

Still trying to decide on a July Fourth fireworks show to attend? Check out our guide here:

Where to watch July 4th fireworks in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio