Bad Weather to Return to Mass. with a Vengeance – Just in Time for Holiday Weekend

After a freezing, extended winter period finally gave way to a relatively nice spring season, it appears that we’re headed back into weather hell.

Or, more precisely, weather hell is headed directly toward us, thanks to Tropical Storm Arthur, which is practically guaranteeing a rainy 4th of July for those of us in the Boston area.

Arthur is the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and forecasters warn that it is expected to travel up the east coast after first forming off the Florida coast.

There is a 70 percent chance that rain will fall on Friday, including a possible thunderstorm and temperatures around 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.


At a press conference on the Esplanade late Tuesday morning regarding the July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, officials briefly referenced the possibility of weather affecting the event but did not commit to a possible contingency plan.

Jack Murray, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, said attendees should “prepare for the weather,’’ but he failed to address the possibility of rain washing out the annual tradition.

Keith Lockhart, the music director and conductor of the Boston Pops Orchesttra, which will be performing Friday during the “Spectacular,’’ was a bit more upfront about Arthur’s ominous arrival to the city.

“I would do the show today if I could, particularly because we know what the weather will be like,’’ Lockhart said at a sunny, dry Esplanade. “Cross your fingers for the weekend.’’

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said “it will be premature to make a call on [the weather] at this point,’’ before letting on that security “may be wearing raincoats.’’

Mayor Marty Walsh conspicuously left out any reference to the weather from his prepared remarks during the press conference.

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