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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 07/ 3/2008

BeachCast: A Sunny 4th, Then Clouding Up

By Dan Stillman

Sunshine and warm temperatures should support a full day at the Delaware and Maryland beaches on Friday, with only a slight chance of a shower or thundershower around fireworks time. Clouds and rain chances increase for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while temperatures turn slightly cooler. But no day is expected to be a total loss.

Keep reading for the BeachCast details. Also, see our D.C. metro area forecast through the holiday weekend, and our detailed July 4th forecast.

Graphic courtesy Google.

The Sky: The daylight hours of the Fourth itself are looking good, with partly to mostly sunny skies through midday, then increasing afternoon clouds and a small chance (about 25%)of a thundershower at fireworks time. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, on the other hand, will probably feature more clouds than sun, and while none of the days should be a washout, some passing showers and thunderstorms are possible from time to time.

The Air: With a good amount of sun, highs in the mid-to-upper 80s should feel quite nice on the Fourth. But increased cloud cover will make Saturday's, Sunday's and Monday's highs in the low-to-mid 80s feel somewhat cooler.

The Water: Water temperatures should be in the low-to-mid 70 degrees -- quite tolerable compared to the surprising chill felt by beachgoers earlier this week.

The Surf: Knee high? Stomach high? ... Waist-high sets? If terms like these mean anything to you, then you'll probably be interested in what these folks have to day.

Your Skin: It's shaping up to be a split decision for UV, with the index expected in the very high range on Friday and Saturday, and the high range on Sunday and Monday. In either case, you'll need sunscreen if you plan to be outside for a significant amount of time. But which brand?

By Dan Stillman  | July 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Beachcast  
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Still waiting for that thunderstorm-free weekend...

Incidentally has anyone yet heard the story on WTOP which I heard this morning re a possible increase in summer maximum temperatures a few years from now???

Posted by: El Bombo | July 3, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

It seems some sunscreens are not only dangerous for our helath, but also to coral reefs. I guess long sleeves and a hat are the safest bet all around!

Posted by: Ann | July 3, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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