DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Our daily chance for showers and thunderstorms will end briefly on Independence Day and Friday as a high pressure system builds and dries us out. Unfortunately, the same high pressure system will continue to bring extreme and sometimes dangerous heat.

July 4th will start out hot and humid, with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. As the afternoon progresses, high pressure will continue to build over our region. With a warm and humid air mass already in place, temperatures will climb into the mid 90s, with a heat index reaching 110 degrees. If you plan on spending time outside, be sure to practice heat safety. While the chance of rain will be much lower than what we’ve seen so far this week, a stray shower or thunderstorm can’t be completely ruled out.

Friday will be another warm and humid day with limited chance of rain and a heat index well above 38 degrees.

The weather pattern will change slightly on Saturday as a front becomes stationary north of the Wiregrass. The front will increase the chance of rain through the weekend and early next week, but there doesn’t appear to be a single day that looks like a washout and no severe weather is expected at this time.

It looks like the heat will continue for a while.