BOSTON (WHDH) - Warm weather and clear skies are expected to linger for much of the day Thursday as Fourth of July celebrations get underway in Boston. 

But some showers and storms are possible, according to forecasts. 

Wednesday’s temperatures started in the 50s throughout much of southern New England before climbing above 70 degrees by 9 a.m. 

Thursday’s forecast includes warmer temperatures, potentially peaking in the mid 80s near midday. Humidity will also climb on Thursday and continue climbing into the weekend. 

Near sunset, as the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, the region’s temperatures are expected to dip to 77 degrees.

By the time the Fireworks Spectacular’s fireworks show touches off at 10:30 p.m., temperatures could be around 75 degrees. 

Still more than 24 hours out from the show, forecasts on Wednesday called for possible stormy weather near 5 p.m. Thursday. Calmer weather is expected to return in time for for the musical performances and fireworks.

Last year’s Fireworks Spectacular saw its share of rain and stormy weather, with the threat of lightning prompting authorities to temporarily suspend entry onto the Esplanade.

As is forecast this year, calmer weather arrived by 8 p.m. and the show was able to proceed as scheduled.

The 2024 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be broadcast on 7NEWS. The show is produced by and also airing on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio. It is sponsored by Herb Chambers.

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