July 4th Fireworks: Where Could the Weather Spoil the Spectacular Shows?
NEW YORK – June 4, 2018
A large part of the United States will celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks Wednesday evening.
Most of the widely separated thunderstorms that will dot the Great Lakes and the Northeast during the day on the Fourth may dissipate before the evening fireworks displays. However, it’s possible, that in some areas heavy rain will fall, which could somewhat spoil the show.
Today’s main problems will be humidity and calm winds which will prevent the smoke from dissipating quickly, and make fireworks later in the shows more difficult to view.
Worse than ruining fireworks and other holiday festivities, thunderstorms that will sweep across the northern plains on Wednesday evening could turn severe.
Dry weather and good viewing conditions are expected across most of the West.
Below are more detailed weather conditions for major fireworks displays across the country.
New York City
Warmth and humidity will remain, creating sticky conditions. “It will be a warm and humid evening with temperatures still around 80 at the start of the fireworks,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.
Some skeptics believe that there is a possibility for a thunderstorm in “The Big Apple”, so be prepared to seek shelter.
Anyway, according to meteorologists the overall coverage of thunderstorms will tend to diminish during the evening hours, so it's unlikely that it will rain long enough to force the cancellation of the show.
As in New York City, any isolated thunderstorm around the Boston area on Wednesday afternoon are expected to dissipate prior to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.
Sticky air will hold firm with temperatures not far from 80 when the show commences.
As the National Mall's July 4th celebration begins, right around nightfall, temperatures will still be in the mid to lower 80s with high humidity casting a muggy pall over the evening.
Similar to cities in the Northeast, the thunderstorms around Chicago will tend to diminish during the evening hours.
Temperatures will be right around the day’s average high of 84 during the show.
“A storm with deep tropical moisture can wash out July Fourth festivities during the day in Houston with heavy rain and some thunder,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Maggie Samuhel said.
Heat and humidity are expected to fuel potentially severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and overnight hours, which can put cookouts, festivities and fireworks in jeopardy.
No rain expected during the SCCA Safari Summer 4th’s fireworks show.
The evening will be pleasant with temperatures in the lower 70s.
Heat is expected to build across Southern California later in the week, but that will occur after San Diego’s Big Bay Boom show on Wednesday evening.
Temperatures will comfortably dip into the upper 60s for the fireworks display.