Fireworks forecast's clear, hot

Posted July 3, 2009 10:03 a.m. EDT

— North Carolinians will enjoy a sunny, mild start to the Fourth of July weekend Friday, and although temperatures will go up Saturday, the skies will stay clear for fireworks.

"It's going to be a gorgeous day today – temperatures down a little bit, humidity down a little bit as well," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Friday will see a high around 87 degrees, with only a few passing cumulus clouds marring sunny skies.

High pressure will stay over North Carolina Saturday, keeping away any rain. The high will go back into the low 90s again.

"It's hard to get any rain to fall when you're in that kind of a weather pattern. And it'll stay with us through Sunday morning," Gardner said. "The fireworks displays should go off without a hitch, at least weather-wise."

The Fourth of July weekend will end with a good chance of scattered storms and a drop in temperatures Sunday. The chance for storms will start in the afternoon and go into the night. The day will see a high in the mid 80s.