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Weather alert: With July 4 ahead, South Florida can expect ‘typical afternoon storms’

Dark clouds linger in the skies over Doral after rains on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Dark clouds linger in the skies over Doral after rains on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Miami Herald staff

Much-needed rain that made appearances through the weekend may come back for encores this week as South Florida gears up for July 4, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a 30 percent chance of afternoon storms — typical for this time of year — every day this week. The percentage goes up to about 50 percent for western Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

It’s a welcome break from the dryness South Florida experienced from about June 11 until Friday, when the skies opened and .8 of an inch fell, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Ross.

“It has been really dry in South Florida,” he said. “We can definitely use the rain.”

And we got it on Sunday. Heavy thunderstorms whipped through parts of Miami-Dade, with stormy weather knocking out power in Palmetto Bay and drenching Doral and Kendall.

Ross said afternoon storms typically happen during the summer because of the heat during the day. Temperatures will likely be in the low 90s throughout the week.

But there’s good news ahead, he said, for holiday revelers: The Fourth of July is shaping up as dry.

“A lot can happen before then, though,” he said.

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