July 4 weather preview: Hot & muggy

High pressure keeps Texas quiet heading into the heart of summer

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HOUSTON - As we head through the first week of July, hot and muggy will be the two adjectives to best describe our weather. We are in the heart of summer in Houston, after all, so it should come as no surprise to us. 

Highs will hover in the mid 90s and morning lows will be in the mid 70s.

High pressure will dominate our weather pattern for the next week.  It will help to suppress thunderstorm activity during the afternoon, although we can't rule out one or two isolated showers or thunderstorms during the hottest part of the afternoon. Any rain we see will likely be sparked by the sea breeze, which will develop during the afternoon and slide inland through early evening. 

With Independence Day coming up on Wednesday, you should be safe with any barbecue, golf, pool party or festival plans you've got planned for the afternoon. While not impossible, the odds of being rained out are slim. Just keep an eye to the sky and, if the clouds begin to look a little too threatening or if you hear thunder in the distance, take appropriate safety precautions and get to a shelter until any stormy weather passes. Otherwise, enjoy the heat and humidity and enjoy the holiday!

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