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Central Indiana could see showers and thunderstorms on July 4, 2024

Central Indiana could see showers and thunderstorms on July 4, 2024

Central Indiana could see showers and thunderstorms on July 4, 2024

Rain could put a damper on Fourth of July fireworks Thursday night as thunderstorms loom over central Indiana this week, but local meteorologists say it’s not all bad news.

According to the National Weather Service, a cold front will move across the Hoosier State into central Indiana beginning Wednesday, bringing rain and possible thunderstorms to large swaths of the Midwest. On Thursday, July 4, skies will be mostly cloudy in Indianapolis with more showers expected on the horizon.

Here’s what we know about the climate.

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“We have a chance of rain on July 4,” NWS meteorologist Matthew Eckhoff said Monday afternoon. “There could be showers at any time, anywhere in the state. It doesn’t look like a great day to enjoy the July 4 festivities, but there could be enough breaks to celebrate a little.”

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And the good news?

Eckhoff said one positive aspect of the rain forecast for central Indiana is that the chances of seeing severe weather remain fairly low.

“It’s looking like more of a mild shower,” Eckhoff said. “Maybe thunder at times, maybe a shower, but overall it won’t be widespread severe weather.”

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While rain may be on the minds of most Hoosiers this Independence Day, NWS meteorologists urge Hoosiers to keep an eye on the dew point. Thursday could be wet.

“It looks like we’re going to have dew points that will get into the 70s,” Eckhoff said. “So it’s going to be one of those warm, humid, sticky days. That could make it a little bit harder to cool off even in 80-degree temperatures if you’re outside enjoying the day.”

Live weather radar for central Indiana

Forecast for central Indiana, according to NWS

As of Monday, the latest NWS weather forecast calls for thunderstorms in central Indiana beginning mid-week. Here’s what local meteorologists are predicting.

🌤️ Tuesday:Mostly sunny, with a high of 87. South southeast wind at 6 to 8 mph.

🌜 Tuesday night:Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind around 7 mph.

⛈️ Wednesday:Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm Partly sunny and hot, with a high of 91. South southwest wind 9 to 11 mph with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

⛈️ Wednesday night:Chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8 pm Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts are between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

⛈️ Thursday, Independence Day:Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 83. Calm wind becoming south-southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 70%.

☁️ Thursday night:Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 71. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation 60%.

🌤️ Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high of 84. West southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. 50% chance of precipitation.

⛈️ Friday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low of 68. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation 20%.

☀️Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high of 81. Chance of precipitation 20%.

🌜 Saturday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear skies with a low of 65°F. 10% chance of precipitation.

☀️ Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high of 85. 20% chance of precipitation.

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John Tufts covers breaking news for IndyStar and Midwest Connect. Send him a story at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at JTuftsReports.