Good weather is in store for the Fourth of July celebration in Burlington Tuesday night.
We here at the SkyTracker weather center have been paying especially close attention to the Tuesday into Wednesday forecast. As the event draws closer and closer, the details are getting fine-tuned with regards of what to expect.
Here's the short and simple forecast: Dry and mild. I'm forecasting 85° for the high temperature Tuesday, which will happen between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Conveniently, we'll have high pressure cresting overhead which will allow for dry conditions and a mostly sunny sky. So it will be warm out there in the afternoon, especially in the sunshine. The UV Index will likely be an 8 or a 9, which is high, so bring the sunscreen!
Sunset Tuesday night in the Burlington area is shortly after 8:30 p.m. But in order for the fireworks show to be the best it can be, we have to wait until after twilight, which will probably result in around a 9:15 p.m. start to the show. By then, I expect temperatures to drop into the 70s with the sky remaining mainly clear. The winds will even be light, west at around 5 mph!
Later in the night clouds will increase from the west. This may happen early enough toward the end of the fireworks show, but the chance of rain will hold off until Wednesday morning and afternoon. Thus even when the show ends, it should be pretty comfortable out there with temperatures near 70.
By the way, if you ever want a nice town-by-town and hour-by-hour forecast, I'd go to the National Weather Service's homepage for the Burlington area. They've got a great layout of temperatures, wind, humidity, cloud cover, chances for precipitation etc. that goes out several days in advance. You can find that here.
Since this event will be along Lake Champlain, we'll get some relief from the warm temperatures, but not much. The latest lake temperature at the King Street Ferry Dock in downtown is 65°. Winds will be light from the west around 5 maybe 10 mph at times which could make us fee slightly cooler with air coming in off the 65° water. However it will still feel pretty warm.
Overall everything looks great to enjoy the fireworks and other festivities. We sure do hope you join us. If you can't in person, you can via the television as we'll air the fireworks live with coverage starting at 9 p.m. on Abc 22 and some live hits from Fox 44 news at 10. Here's a helpful link to all of the schedule of events for that day. Enjoy Independence Day!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier