What can you expect for your July 4 weather?

By Dave

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Independence Day is the quintessentialholiday of summer. In the Lowcountry, that means being at the pool, the beach,on a boat, fishing from a pier, or at a cookout.

And nighttime brings breathtaking fireworks displays.{}

The weather is certainly a key factor in what boils down tobe an outdoor holiday.

Here's the examination of the Fourth of July weatherstrictly by the numbers, since 1938.

The average high in that stretch is 89 degrees with thehighest temperature recorded at 98 degrees in 1993.{} Incidentally, that year also has the warmeststarting temperature at 78 degrees.{} Thetemperature has hit or exceeded 90 degrees 40 out of the 75 years, whichequates to 53 percent of the time.

The coolest daytime high was in 1940, when the temperaturewas obviously held down by clouds and 1.44 inches of rain. On that day themercury only climbed to 77 degrees.{} Thecoolest temperature recorded was 61 degrees, fresh in the memory, in 2010.

Aside from January, 2013 has been extremely soggy, so aninvestigation into the rain totals is in order.{}There has been measurable precipitation in 31 out of 75 years, or 41percent of the time.{} Rain has stayedaway from the Lowcountry for the past 11 Independence Days.

That means we might be due.

In case it does happen to be a hot one, these are somethings to do to avoid over exposure to the heat: slow down and try to stay inthe air conditioning; wear light-colored, loose fitting clothes; stay hydratedby consuming plenty of fluid - non-alcoholic and decaffeinated beverages aresuggested.

Don't get too much sun, and be sure to slather on the SPF 30sunscreen often.

Summertime thunderstorms are certainly possible, especiallywith the recent soggy weather pattern. Thunderstorms present their own host ofhazards, such as heavy rain, gusty winds, but most importantly lightning.

Lightning can heat the air and anything else it contacts to50,000 degrees, or five times hotter than the sun. Make sure not to seek refugeunder a tree, or remain on the beach, because you will be the tallest object,and lightning tends to hit the highest spot in its reach.

Take cover, and remember the phrase, "When lightning roars,move indoors!"

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday to celebrate freedom andthe independence of this great country.{}Happy Fourth of July!