Jul 1, 2016 11:07 PM

NH1 First Alert Weather: Breezy, Sunny Saturday, Warming For The Fourth

NH1 Meteorologist

Friday evening's thunderstorms were damaging in parts of central and southern New Hampshire. Multiple trees and wires were downed in Bridgewater near Newfound Lake. Some wind and lightning damage was reported in Cheshire county as well.

Big changes are ahead for the holiday weekend, however.

Saturday will bring sunshine statewide with lowering humidity and a breezy westerly wind. Gusts over 20 mph are likely at times during the afternoon. This will be enough to hold off the seabreeze, so the seacoast will actually be the warmest part of the state on Saturday, with high temperatures there in the lower 80s. Elsewhere, temperatures will be in the upper 70s to around 80 for highs. Fireworks festivities Saturday evening will feature clear skies and a light breeze with temperatures falling through the 60s.

A warming trend begins Sunday with sunshine and highs in the lower to middle 80s.

Monday will be sunny and even warmer. However, due to a lighter wind, a seabreeze will develop during the afternoon along the seacoast. As a result, highs near the coast will be around 80, while inland locations will have high temperatures well into the 80s.

No major rain is in our future. Much of southern New Hampshire is officially in a moderate drought; we can use every drop. The middle of next week looks hotter with lots of sunshine. Temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday will be mainly in the 80s, but we should get into the lower 90s by the end of the week. The next notable rain chance may not be until next Friday, when only scattered showers or thunderstorms may develop.

Have a great and safe weekend!


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