This is not only a big weekend for vacation goers and weekend warriors, it's also a major weekend for area businesses, especially vacation destinations like the Berkshires and the Cape.  With businesses still struggling to make up from the losses caused last year by the pandemic, a beautiful sunny weekend would have gotten this summer off to a great start.

Unable to control the weather we'll have to do the best we can with the hand we are dealt and hopefully have enough sun after a very wet week to salvage our 4th of July holiday weekend plans.  The National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy conditions with showers, thunderstorms on Saturday, more of the same on Sunday the 4th, but with some sun in the forecast.  Monday will be the pick of the long weekend with sun and a high in the upper 70s.

We all know weather in New England is unpredictable.  Lets keep the faith for more sun than rain and all the best to local establishments all over the state for a busy and profitable weekend.  The complete long-range NWS forecast is below.

Today
Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday
Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Independence Day
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday Night
Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Tuesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 3am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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