Get ready for a heat wave today and a possible bad thunderstorm over the next few days according to the National Weather ServiceThis is the latest message for Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties:

"THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK AND NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA.

TODAY AND TONIGHT...HEAT AND HUMIDITY TODAY WILL PROVIDE AN UNSTABLE ATMOSPHERE...LEADING TO A CHANCE FOR THUNDERSTORMS WITH STRONG GUSTY WINDS...FREQUENT LIGHTNING...AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS DESIGNATED OUR REGION AS A SLIGHT RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY...THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY AGAIN MAY CONTAIN LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE REGION. THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS DESIGNATED OUR REGION AS A SLIGHT RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER EXPECTED THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY.  "

I especially like the last part which is encouraging news for all the July 4th celebrations.  If you want to find out more about the Hometown 4th of July Celebration in Oneonta, CLICK HERE.