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Light showers on 4th should clear before fireworks time, forecasters say


News 12 Long Island meteorologist Samantha Augeri said Friday, July 3, 2015, will be picture perfect, but that the July Fourth holiday will have the potential for an afternoon shower. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Yes, there could be some scattered showers Saturday to put a damper on outdoor Fourth of July activities, courtesy of a low pressure area passing to the south.

As of late Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service was indicating increasing clouds overnight, with a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers Saturday morning and afternoon.

However, should the rain materialize -- likely under two-tenths-of-an-inch -- the thinking is that "the back end of the showers would exit the region" before fireworks time, said Jay Engle, a weather service meteorologist based in Upton.

Sunset is around 8:30 p.m.Saturday, with the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Jones Beach scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

Of the rain, Bill Korbel, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, says, again, as of Friday's guidance, there's "a good chance of mostly light showers in the afternoon" and "it appears skies could clear by sunset and the weather will be fine for firework displays."

Look for temperatures Saturday to be on the cool side, he said, in the low to mid 70s.

Sunshine and highs mostly in the mid to upper 80s are expected for Sunday.

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