Prospects for rain appear slim for residents of Santiago, Chile in the coming days. However, a storm system may bring the first rain of the season to the area this coming Thursday and Friday.
Largely dry conditions prevail across central Chile during the Southern Hemisphere's summer months. It is late in the fall, into the winter, that rainfall becomes more abundant throughout central Chile as the jet stream shifts storms closer to the region.
One such storm passed just south of Santiago late this past week. While a cold front did cross the region, bringing cooler weather to the area, no rain was reported.
The next chance for some rain will come later this week when another storm passes near the region, dragging a cold front toward the area next Thursday and Friday.
However, this storm may still pass far enough south of Santiago to prevent any moisture from reaching the city. If that were the case, residents of Santiago may have to wait another week or more before the chance for rain increases once again.
Santiago typically averages 14.20 inches (360.7 mm) of rainfall during the year. Most of the rain falls during the months of May through September, the Southern Hemisphere's winter.
In a state plagued by drought, Golden State residents are advised to play it safe with fireworks this Fourth of July.
After a wet June, July will begin with the threat for gusty thunderstorms and flooding downpours centered on the middle Mississippi Valley.
Americans will be hoping for clear skies this Saturday, July 4, as they look to enjoy dazzling fireworks displays, in addition to other popular Fourth of July activities.
The mercury soared to a whopping 36.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday at London Heathrow Airport, setting an all-time July record high for the United Kingdom.
The heat wave that started across Spain and Portugal will spread across much of Europe this week with some of the hottest conditions of the year.
July Fourth will be stormy from the central Plains to the mid-Atlantic, while clear skies are in store for much of the Midwest and New England.
North Dakota & Minnesota (1975)
(1st-4th) Heavy rains in eastern ND and north- western MN caused disastrous flooding of the Red River. The river crested 16 feet above flood stage at Fargo. Worst flooding in ND history to date caused $1 billion property damage and washed out bridges. "Much of the farmland is one big ocean with white caps on farm fields under 2-3 feet of water."
Stampede Pass, WA (1979)
A total of 5.8 inches of snow at 3,800 feet. (5.8 inches is a new record snowfall for July; the old record was 5.4 inches.)
Raleigh, NC (1981)
First of six straight days with measurable rain. (A total of 4.60 inches fell over the six-day period.)