The July 4 weekend will get off to a steaming start in New York before violent storms lash across the three-state region on Saturday, forecasters said.
It will be humid and warm early Saturday — a “typically muggy summer day” with a high of 89 degrees in New York City — before conditions deteriorate significantly as a slow-moving cold front and showers move in between late afternoon and evening will bring , strong winds and plenty of lightning, Fox Weather meteorologist Greg Diamond told The Post.
“These storms could get severe,” Diamond said, potentially packing winds in excess of 60 miles per hour in cities along the East Coast, including as far north as Washington, DC and Boston.
“It will be scattered throughout the region,” Diamond said. “Those who get it get angry.”
Despite the warm start, Saturday will be “quite” a wash for everyone venturing to beaches and shorelines, Diamond said.
“So Saturday’s not a great day,” he continued. “The good news is that by Sunday the front will be through and a much better day ahead.”
Sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s are expected to return across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut by Sunday — along with lower humidity levels that should make any trip to the area’s beaches more enjoyable.
More of this is expected on Monday, although a few scattered showers are possible later in the day. Rainfall is not expected to disrupt local fireworks celebrations, including Macy’s 46th annual display along the East River, Diamond said.
“Sunday and Monday are both going to be fantastic days to go to the beach,” he said, adding that he wasn’t overly concerned about the possibility of pop-up showers across the tri-state.
“We’re going to stay in the upper 80s, with a few degrees cooler along the coasts and on Long Island,” Diamond said, while noting that those conditions were typical of early July. “Nothing special.”
One of New York’s most important events — the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest — is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the upper 70s as Joey Chestnut attempts to defend his title at Coney Island. The California native, nicknamed “Jaws,” who bagged a record 76 dogs and buns last year, has won every but one Nathan’s competition since 2006.
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