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Nature's Fireworks to Clear in Time for Florida's 4th

It wouldn't be an Independence Day without nature's fireworks in Florida, right? Even though they are likely to develop by afternoon, they should clear in most spots in time for the man-made explosives.

The morning hours will be most favorable for boating, swimming and grilling across the entire state. Just make sure to drink lots of water, as the typical heat and humidity will be building quickly.


By early afternoon, thunderstorms are likely to develop and strengthen quickly along the Atlantic sea breeze as it moves inland. The strongest and most widespread storms will occur near the I-75 corridor by late afternoon, and some of then could be strong or severe across portions of North Florida. The cells will generally be moving to the west toward the Gulf coast and most of them will diminish by sunset. The highest chances of a cell or two lingering up until fireworks time is immediately near the coast from Tampa to Naples.We will update the following forecasts if necessary through late Wednesday afternoon.

  • Ft. Myers - showers nearby, mid 70s
  • Gainesville - a few clouds, upper 70s
  • Jacksonville - a few clouds, upper 70s
  • Miami - nearby showers, near 80
  • Ocala - a few clouds, upper 70s
  • Orlando - mostly cloudy, upper 70s
  • Panama City - storms ending, upper 70s
  • Pensacola - partly cloudy, near 80
  • Tampa - storms tapering off, upper 70s
  • Tallahassee - mostly cloudy, upper 70s
  • West Palm Beach - showers nearby, near 80
Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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