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Independence Day weather will be something to celebrate

Updated: 2013-07-03T13:38:13Z

It’s looking like fireworks won’t be the only spectacle on Independence Day — the weather in the metro area will be, too.

It’s shaping up to be a rather nice Fourth of July.

But first, the Kansas City area will have to deal with a chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The storms will be widely scattered and the National Weather Service hasn’t ruled out an isolated severe storm. If one storm develops, small hail and damaging winds would be the main threats.

Any storms are expected to taper off after sunset. Wednesday’s highs will be in the lower 80s.

On Independence Day, temperatures will continue to be mild, with highs reaching the lower- to mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures should fall into the lower- to mid-70s by the time firework shows start.

There is a potential for afternoon storms south of the Kansas City area. Eastern Kansas and much of Missouri should remain dry.

Temperatures will slowly warm into the weekend, with highs in the mid- to upper-80s Friday through Sunday.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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