NYC July Fourth to Be Sunnier, Warmer

By , Senior Meteorologist
July 3, 2013; 4:51 AM ET
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Indications are the frequent rounds of downpours and locally severe thunderstorms will back off by the Fourth of July around New York City.

Many activities are planned around the Big Apple for Independence Day. These include the reopening of the Statue of Liberty in the morning to Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in the afternoon and Macy's fireworks in the evening.

A Bermuda high is forecast by meteorologists to push inland from the Atlantic Wednesday into Friday. As this happens, the number of storms will become more of an exception rather than the norm.

Look for much more sunshine, when compared to recent days. With the strong sun and lingering humidity, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will rise well into the 90s during the afternoon.

The high humidity will result in very warm and humid conditions during the morning and evening hours.

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Be sure to wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid strenuous activity during the afternoon, when the sun is the strongest and temperatures are the highest. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Folks heading to beaches of Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut will find water temperatures a few degrees warmer than average for the date. Water temperatures will generally range from the upper 60s to the middle 70s, with few exceptions.

A lack of big storms at sea should result in relatively tranquil surf.

Boaters are reminded to be extra careful around the holiday due to the volume of traffic.

People heading to the mountains for a break are more likely to run into a locally drenching thunderstorm, but most of the time will be rain-free in the Berkshires, Catskills and Poconos, due to the same weather effects around the New York Metro area.

Meteorologists Rich J. and Jordan Root contributed to the content of this story.


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