By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer

BOSTON (CBS) – It is one of the best weekends of the year to live in New England – 4th of July weekend.

From the mountains to the coastline to the Cape and Islands, there is so much to do and this year we are lucky enough to have the celebration at the Esplanade to finish up our long weekend.

We haven’t had a lot of true summer-like weekends to this point in Boston. We have been inundated with clouds and above normal rainfall for much of the spring and early summer.

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Thankfully, the weather pattern has turned around and this weekend promises to be a classic summertime stretch in New England.


Saturday looks like a beauty.

Fairly low humidity and temps in the low to mid 80s.

Only potential fly in the ointment will be a warm front coming through in the afternoon which could spark a few clouds and even an isolated shower, but most of us will see nothing more than mainly sunny skies.

There will likely be a bit of a seabreeze keeping local beaches just a bit cooler, but certainly not enough to stop thousands who will flock to the Coast for some sun and sand.

Keep in mind ocean waters are still pretty chilly, averaging in the low 60s!

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Sunday will start off sunny but clouds will tend to build during the midday and afternoon.

Temperatures will soar well into the 80s, nearing 90 in many communities.

The humidity will also be fairly high, with dew points in the upper 60s.

There will be a cold front moving through our area Sunday evening with some fairly significant showers and thunderstorms.

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While everyone may not get hit, it does appear that a large portion of southern New England will be affected.

The storms will likely be in central Mass around late afternoon on Sunday and then in the Boston area anywhere from 6-10 p.m.

These storms may contain some very heavy downpours and could turn severe as well.

They wouldn’t be very long lasting, but if you get one where you are, it could be nasty for an hour or so.

The cold front will be somewhat slow to exit, but should have cleared the area for the most part on Monday morning.


There will be developing sunshine on Monday.  A secondary front may try to move through during the day, so humidity levels will remain fairly high with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80’s.

We cannot rule out an isolated thunderstorm.  It’s less of a risk than Sunday, but still a possibility. If you are headed to the Esplanade for the big Fireworks Spectacular here is a breakdown:

2-to-6 pm: Sunny, hot and humid, upper 80s with an isolated storm

8-to-10 pm:  Remaining warm and humid, low 80s with an isolated storm

Fireworks:  75-80 and likely storm-free

All of us in the WBZ Weather office wish you and your family a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Comments (3)
  1. Willow says:

    Thanks for that great forecast, and everyone enjoy a lovely and fun holiday weekend.

  2. Willow says:

    Thanks for a great forecast. I’m sure it will be a fun weekend for everyone, no matter what the weather. Stay safe everyone and have a great time.

    1. Willow says:

      Sorry, thought my first comment got lost.

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