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Taking a look at previous 4th of July?s and this year?s Forecast!



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Well it’s that time of year again: It’s the 4th of July! This means we are smack dab in the middle of summer! Get out the grills and have a great time! Below we take a look back at year’s past and what the weather conditions were like, as well as a little climatology, before we finally take a quick look at what to expect for this year!

Last year Sioux Falls recorded the 2nd warmest July on record while also recording the driest ever since records began. July 4th saw plenty of that warmth across Dakotaland as several spots eclipsed the 100-degree mark. Both Mitchell and Menno recorded a high temperature of 102°F while Yankton was close behind at 101°F. Almost the entire region was above 90-degrees and while we didn’t break many records the heat was oppressive.

Here is a look at other temperatures from the 4th last year:
Sioux Falls  -  99°F
Huron  -  98°F
Winner  -  97°F
Aberdeen  -  97°F
Watertown  -  95°F
Pierre  -  90°F

While it was a warm day in 2012, nothing beat the heat of the 108°F day back in 193 which is the all-time warmest 4th of July in Sioux Falls history. 2012 was the warmest July 4th since 1982 when we saw a high temperatures of 102°F. We have seen precipitation on July 4th just 14 of the last 30 and we have picked up plenty of sunshine! The last 10 4th of Julys have averaged a high temperature of 84.2°F which is right at the average of 84°F for the date.

Below is your forecast in Sioux Falls for your 4th of July holiday as well as a couple of firework forecasts across Dakotaland. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as well as put on the sunscreen! UV Levels will be near 9 which is in the “Very High”.





Fireworks in Yankton will be set off at Dusk (approximately 9:15pm) at Riverside Park. The fireworks will be shot off from the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. The City of Yankton will have the Meridian Bridge open for a different point of view of the firework display.


The City of Huron will have their fireworks display after the stock car races which start at 7:00pm at the Dakota State Fair Speedway.


Pierre/Fort Pierre will have their fireworks after the annual Rodeo. Approximate time for the fireworks will be around 9-9:15pm.
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