MANATEE -- While many will be flocking to beaches, parks and firework displays in Manatee and Sarasota counties, rain could put a damper on some plans.
Rain chances increase going into the holiday and the weekend, according to BayNews9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.
"For Friday, we will reach about 92 degrees just like we did today," said Kacmarik.
There will be a 40 percent chance of storms Friday, mainly in the afternoon and evening, she said.
On Saturday, temperatures are expected to hit a high of 92 degrees again, but storm chances to increase to 50 percent.
By Sunday, temperatures are expected to cool off a bit with a high of 90 degrees
and an increasing chance of rain. There is a 60 percent chance of storms in the afternoon or evening.
Light winds coming out of the south or southeast are expected throughout the weekend and coming out of the west moving into the evening hours. Winds could change and increase during those afternoon and evening storms.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for all of West Central and Southwest Florida, including Manatee County, through Wednesday.
The outlook is predicting scattered afternoon thunderstorms each day capable of producing strong, gusty winds, locally heavy rains and frequent, deadly lightning strikes.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.