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Rain on the Fourth? Well … take an umbrella

It could rain on the Freedom Fest Parade on Thursday morning — or, it might not.

In any case, it might be a good idea to take an umbrella along with you.

According to the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms sometime before 1 p.m. on the Fourth.

“I wish I could tell you differently,” said NWS meteorologist Nicole Batzek.

The NWS posted a hazardous weather outlook on Tuesday, noting that there is a chance of showers every day from today through Monday, the result of high pressure in an atmosphere that doesn’t have much movement, Batzek said.

“Let’s keep our fingers crossed, though,” she said, that severe episodes will  stay away.

There is some good news, however: The chance of rain declines throughout the day on the Fourth, to only 30 percent that evening.

Highs for the period will get cooler as the week progresses; temperatures on Friday are expected to be in the low 80s before dipping to the mid- to high 70s Thursday and Friday. Lows are expected to dip to the low 60s by Monday.