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4th of July Weather Forecast (2020): Will Mother Nature Be Providing the Fireworks?

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Summer officially begins on June 20, 2020, which means Independence Day is right around the corner. Will Mother Nature be providing her own fireworks on the 4th of July? Don’t make any plans without checking our weather predictions for your region. From the looks of it, everyone is in for some wild weather!

Here’s what we’re predicting for Saturday, July 4th:

2020 July 4-Cast

Zone 1 — Northeast & New England
New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.
Widely scattered showers/thunderstorms could hinder July 4th activities.

Zone 2 — Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin
Severe thunderstorms sweep in from the west, possibly threatening the Fourth of July holiday.

Zone 3 — Southeast
Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia
Big thunderstorms could mar Independence Day activities for Tennessee, northern portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Zone 4 — North Central U.S.
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
Severe thunderstorms, with possible tornado weather for most of Kansas, Missouri, eastern parts of Nebraska, through Iowa.

Zone 5 — South Central U.S.
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico
Severe thunderstorms; possible tornadoes in Oklahoma; big thunderstorms Texas, northeastward through Arkansas/Louisiana.

Zone 6 — Northwest
Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Unsettled conditions for the July 4th holiday.

Zone 7 — Southwest
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
Mixed clouds and sun; risk of a passing shower/thunderstorm.

Check our long-range forecast page to see our detailed predictions!

What is the Farmers’ Almanac predicting for the entire summer? Read our summer forecast here.

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