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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 07/ 3/2008

July 4th: A Chance of Storms at Fireworks Time

By Dan Stillman

Wouldn't ya know it?... Shower and thunderstorm chances have returned to the forecast just in time for the Fourth. The culprit is a cold front that will be approaching from the northwest. Late afternoon and evening tomorrow, including during fireworks, looks to be the timing for any precipitation. For the moment, I'd put the chances of seeing a shower or storm where you happen to be at 40%. Highs in the mid-to-upper 80s won't be as hot as it could be this time of year, and humidity should be moderately high but not oppressive.

Independence Day Details

10 a.m. -- Partly sunny, 78
1 p.m. -- Partly sunny, 84
4 p.m. -- Chance of storms, 87
7 p.m. -- Chance of storms, 81
10 p.m. -- Partly cloudy, 79

Forecast confidence: Medium

What about before and after the Fourth? See our full forecast, and check out our holiday weekend BeachCast.

By Dan Stillman  | July 3, 2008; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fourth of July  
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Wow, if partly sunny and 76 turns out to be true at 10 a.m., that's fabulous for parades! (My parade of choice:

Posted by: hh | July 2, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

That's a nice fireworks graphic. Who made it?

Posted by: mcleaNed | July 3, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Takoma Park. Land of the NIMBYs. What do they ban in their parade?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Sue Palka just asked if the fireworks had ever been cancelled due to weather.

I can remember at least two occasions; first in 1979 when the Fourth was very cool and rainy; later one year during the 1990's when thunderstorms began shortly after noon and continued until nearly midnight. In both cases the fireworks were postponed until July 5.

I believe Chantilly held its fireworks display this evening and Alexandria will wait until Saturday the 12th. In addition, Vienna, where the fireworks misfired into the crowd last year, will be holding a laser show instead of fireworks tomorrow evening.

Various sites are beginning to pick up on Bertha and its projected path. It's thought that hostile upper-air westerlies could force Bertha to recurve east of Bermuda. Another system in the eastern Caribbean bears watching.

Good area of thunderstorms just west of us in the mountains.

Posted by: El Bombo | July 3, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mother Nature----I see the rain on radar at 12:30am welcoming another wet and damp 4th of July. You gave us a wonderful Memorial Day but you had to hold out and have PMS for the 4th---how dare you! What blows my mind earlier on Wednesday was an "ABC 7" forecaster saying we needed the rain as we were in a drought situation, where has he be hanging out---Big Sur? Seems like it has rained every day since winter ended and temperatures rose above 32 degrees to give us RAIN!!!!

I have 20+ people coming to my house Mom Nature and I don't want them inside my home to make a mess. The 4th of July is meant to celebrate OUT DOORS!!! Put a cork on it Mom Nature...ya hear!

Posted by: Greg | July 4, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if any of the DC area/Maryland/VA fireworks scheduled yesterday were cancelled due to rain and rescheduled for tonight July 5th or tomorrow? (And coming from Michigan, where communities held there fireworks on different nights around the weekend, wondering why there are NO communities that do there's an one of the other evenings around the 4th??? [other than Alexandria].

Posted by: Anonymous | July 5, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


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