This week will be firecracker hot, just in time for Independence Day festivities. But the National Weather Service does advise some rain is possible in Bradenton on the Fourth of July.
For Monday, forecasters were calling for mostly sunny skies and a high of 89, punctuated by high humidity levels. By Tuesday afternoon, the heat index could reach 97, according to the Weather Service.
For Wednesday, Independence Day, the Weather Service was calling for mostly sunny skies and a high of 91, but it did include a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms for after 2 p.m. The possibility drops to 10 percent for the evening.
The best possibility for rain this week is Thursday, with forecasters saying there was a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. The percentage drops to 20 percent on Thursday, but jumps to 50 percent on Friday.