MANHATTAN – Rain showers are looming over the Fourth of July and are expected to roll into the area just after the Macy’s fireworks show finishes its dazzling display over the East River.
There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the day Monday. By 10 or 11 p.m., expect to see heavier showers with the heaviest and steadiest rain falling at or after midnight.
Macy’s iconic fireworks show is set to begin at 9 p.m., and the PIX11 Weather Center forecasters believe the event should be unfazed by any precipitation, as the forecast looks now.
As for temperatures, they started mildly Monday and will climb toward a high of 82 degrees as the holiday progresses. Coastal areas will be cooler and areas south of the city will be cloudy with the possibility of a stray shower throughout the day.
After the holiday is over, Tuesday’s return-to-work commute could be wet but skies look clear for the rest of that day with highs once again in the 80s. A storm is possible late in the day.
Starting Wednesday, the summer sizzle is widespread and sustained for the first time this season. Temperatures in the 90s will be common Wednesday and Thursday, and the warmth will continue into next weekend.
There is a chance of storms Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – all good news as the region is some 6 inches below normal rainfall for this calendar year.
PIX11 News' weather producer Mike Leona contributed to this report.