Here’s David Epstein’s forecast for this Fourth of July weekend

A picture-perfect holiday is followed by steamy conditions.

Linus Barrett, 2, of Brighton waves a flag as the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Co. parade passes by him.

There’s good Fourth of July weather and then there’s great Fourth of July weather — and this year, we’re enjoying some pretty great weather for the holiday. 

Luckily, there’s more ahead, but we’ll have to deal with a bit of humidity as well.

Here’s your complete weekend weather forecast.

Friday will be a great beach day.

Friday will become a bit more muggy, and temperatures will be well into the 80s again. If you’re heading to the beach, there will be some relief, especially along the South Shore, where temperatures will stay in the 70s and lower 80s.

Expect plenty of sunshine with some high clouds. 

Expect warm temperatures Friday.

Saturday will be steamy.

There’s no doubt that Saturday’s humidity will be oppressive. This is going to be one of those days when you’ll need the air conditioning even if you typically get along without it.

Dew points will be in the 70s — about as high as it gets around here. Don’t be surprised to see some showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and overnight. Keep an eye on the latest radars.

The best chance for dry weather will be in the morning. Actual temperatures will be in the 80s.

Saturday will see warm and humid conditions across New England.

Sunday brings some relief.

A cold front sweeps offshore early Sunday, ushering in drier, cooler air. It also looks to be mainly sunny, with a breeze off the water. Any early morning cloudiness over Cape Cod and the islands will be pushed out to sea.

Highs will be in the 70s to low 80s.

Highs will be in the 70s to low 80s on Sunday with less humidity.

Dry weather stretches into next week. 

Dry weather continues for much of next week, and for areas that miss showers on Saturday, things are really going to start to get very dry toward the middle of next week.


Below average rainfall is forecast for New England early next week.