Toasty start to July expected in the Valley

By ERIK SANDIN – Stillwater Gazette

July gets off to a toasty start in the St. Croix Valley this weekend, but skies should be clear Wednesday night for Fourth of July holiday fireworks, according to the National Weather Service.

A week that saw temperatures soar into the 90s mid-week will see a return to hot weather this weekend into next week, NWS forecasters said.

This afternoon will see sunny, hot weather in the Valley with highs near 90 and light southwest winds. Tonight will be partly cloudy and mild with light north to northwest winds.

Saturday bill be another sunny, hot day with highs in the upper 80s and light and variable winds. The next chance of showers and thunderstorms for the area is Saturday night with lows in the upper 60s and light winds.

Shower and thunderstorm chances linger in the Valley Sunday through Tuesday. Highs all three days will rise to near 90 with lows falling to the upper 60s to low 70s.

But the Fourth of July will be sunny to partly cloudy and hot with a high near 90 and low falling to around 70.

And NWS forecasters say the heat will likely stick around the area through next week with highs Thursday heading back to around 90.