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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 07/ 4/2008

Update: Pack the Umbrella, Watch for Lightning

By Dan Stillman

*30-30 Rule: Seek shelter if the length of time between a lightning flash and its subsequent thunder is 30 seconds or less, and remain under cover until 30 minutes after the final clap of thunder. More lightning safety.*

Wish I had better news, but don't kill the messenger, ok? Showers and storms are a good bet this late afternoon and probably well into the evening. It won't rain everywhere all the time, and a few spots may be lucky enough to escape the wetness. But by and large I think most folks will experience at least a period or two of showers and/or storms, which could include gusty winds, heavy downpours and frequent lightning. Afternoon highs in the mid 80s will likely drop to the mid 70s (and stay there) if/once rain arrives at your location.

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By Dan Stillman  | July 4, 2008; 2:45 PM ET
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