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Rain Expected Tonight Won't Affect July 4th Fireworks Show: Forecasters

 Fourth of July fireworks from the Pier 66 rooftop.
Fourth of July fireworks from the Pier 66 rooftop.
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Betsy Frawley Haggerty

NEW YORK — Mostly sunny skies should make for a pleasant Fourth of July in the city, despite the likelihood of some late-night rain and storms, according to the National Weather Service.

This Independence Day will be mostly sunny during the day in New York City, with a high of 83 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. 

“The daylight hours are expected to be very pleasant for July,” Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told DNAinfo.

Rain and some thunderstorms are expected to roll in around midnight, with a 70 percent chance of rain starting at 11 p.m.

“The indications are that rain would not occur until very late in the overnight period until after the evening festivities,” Morrin said. “It looks as though it will be primarily after midnight.”

The rain could get heavy at times and is expected to last until about 4 a.m., Morrin said.

Until then, the day will be mostly dry with a 30 to 40 chance of rain starting at 8 p.m. 

Winds will be mild and will remain at or below 10 mph during the day, Morrin said. 

The evening hours will be mostly cloudy, with about 90 percent of the sky covered at 8 p.m., but Morrin said the clouds won’t be low enough to the surface to affect fireworks displays.

The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will begin at 9:25 p.m. at several locations along the East River and will last about 25 minutes. 

A spokesperson for Macy’s was not immediately available for comment.