Maybe this is just the weather weenie in me, but I thought the thunderstorm that rolled through the Eastern Prom last night was more entertaining than any fireworks display could hope to be. A threatening approach, prolific lightning, sideways downpours...it had it all. (In a stunning display of what it means to be American there was a guy trying to set off illegal fireworks in the middle of the thunderstorm while wearing american flag pants and holding TWO beers in his left hand. (Watch this somewhat related video) Makes me so proud I could cry....)
Anyhow, we should be able to get off the "do over" fireworks display without any problem tonight.
There are some isolated showers popping up on the radar picture this afternoon but they are very light in nature with no lightning associated. Look for continued light showers to develop and then fizzle within a short period to time due to a weak upper level disturbance rotating through. This disturbance is "trailing" the larger cold front boundary that moved through last night with the strong to severe thunderstorms. Not everyone will see the shower activity, and communities that stay dry will see a relatively even mixture of sun and clouds for the rest of the day.
Tonight any showers left over fizzle very quickly as the sun sets. So as far as the fireworks go...we'll be all set, just bring something heavy to sit on the grass with because there's a chance it will be wet from an earlier shower. Most of the evening will be partly cloudy with some patchy fog as temperatures drop into the upper 50s to low 60s.
Look for an increase in heat and humidity on Friday as a warm front approaches. It actually looks like a beautiful beach day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures pushing into the mid 80s, but if you don't like "the muggy" you might not be too happy (triple double negative?). Dew points will rise into the upper 60s by the afternoon, making for a heat index in excess of 90 F in many spots.
The warm front stalls to our north on Saturday, providing the hottest day of the week. Look for highs in the upper 80s to low 90s with dew points pushing into the high 60s again. There may be a few afternoon thunderstorms around, but most of us stay dry and hazy. There WILL be an increase in cloud cover on Saturday when compared to Friday so if you have the day off I recommend Friday for outdoor activities.
A cold front will swing through Saturday night, cooling us down for the second half of the weekend.
We launch into a nice, drier stretch of weather for Sunday through Tuesday with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.
Summer time...and the living is easssyyyy...