Independence Day is going to be hot |

Independence Day is going to be hot

Simon Smith
A man enjoys the nice day in his kayak near Regan Beach on Sunday. / Trevor Clark / Tahoe Daily Tribune

The weather for the Independence Day holiday is going to be a hot one. Expect sunny skies with a few clouds showing up by afternoon and the smallest possibility of a stray thunderstorm south of Hope Valley.

Thunderstorms will begin to increase in coverage beginning Thursday and will have the potential to bring some very beneficial rains, but also a lot of lightning. Winds will be light, with a light lake breeze, which will help to moderate the temperatures right on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe.

Highs will range from the lower 80s near the shoreline, mid to upper 80s in town, and near 90 or lower 90s in Meyers and Truckee.

Even the higher elevations will warm to near 80 today, for those who are hiking.

Overnight lows tonight will drop back into the mid 40s to mid 50s, but upper 50s to near 60 up on Kingsbury Grade and on the ridge tops. Fireworks temperatures at 9:45 p.m. tonight should be in the mid to upper 60s, dropping a few degrees by the time the display ends, with generally light winds.

Happy Fourth of July!

— Simon Smith is a co-op observer for the National Weather Service. He can be reached at

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