Mother Nature will supply fireworks beyond the Fourth of July as daily thunderstorms are expected to erupt across the southeastern United States into midweek.
Areas from Nashville to Atlanta and Raleigh, North Carolina, could experience one or more days this week with pop-up thunderstorms in the vicinity.
"Plenty of warm, sticky air over the region will provide fuel for thunderstorms to develop each afternoon [through Wednesday]," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda.
The hit-or-miss nature of the storms will mean that not every location will experience wet weather on a given day.
However, any storms that do pop up could be locally strong, Sojda explained.
"While the threat for widespread severe weather is low, any stronger storms can contain gusty winds and small hail," he stated.
Torrential rainfall could lead to localized flash flooding, especially in areas that are hit repeatedly by storms. Motorists should be extra cautious and watch for pooling of water on roadways.
Area residents will want to keep an umbrella handy should a storm with heavy downpours suddenly erupt.
In most cases, the storms may only take up 1-2 hours of the day, mainly in the afternoon. Sunshine will likely start each day in most locations.
Those spending time outdoors at the park, pool, lake or beach will want to remain alert for rumbles of thunder or flashes of lightning. Shelter should be sought indoors immediately after either occurs.
While pop-up storms could temporarily disrupt outdoor summer plans, any rainfall will be beneficial to the area.
More than 10 million people are currently being affected by drought conditions in the Southeast, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Much of northern Alabama and Georgia are experiencing a moderate-to-severe drought.
Thunderstorms are expected to become less widespread across the region during the latter half of the week.