If it's a holiday weekend the weather must be miserable on the Seacoast.

After a week of sunny, hot and humid weather which included the second heat wave of June high temperatures fell off a cliff from the 90s to the 50s on Friday and Saturday. The drastic change can be blamed on a nor'easter like low pressure which brought low clouds, drizzle and cool temperatures to the Seacoast, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Sarah Jamison.

But more summer like weather is on the way for the second part of Sunday with increasing heat and humidity through Wednesday,

"Monday should make up for what Saturday and Sunday lacked. It looks like we're going to be drying out later today probably not soon enough for you to really get out there to enjoy most of Sunday," Jamison told Seacoast Current.

The good news is that skies should be clear for fireworks shows scheduled for Sunday night in Amesbury, Dover, Hampton.

The display scheduled for Sunday in York at Short Sands Beach was postponed to a date to be announced. The barge where the fireworks are launched could not operate safely in the rough seas, according to York Police.

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Annual reading of the Declaration of Independence by three of the nation's Founding Fathers in Dover presented by the Garrison Players (City of Dover)

Monday begins a short stretch of nice weather with sunshine and winds swinging around to the southwest sending temperatures in the 70s as a high pressure enters the area.

"Tuesday we're looking at quite a warm up. It's going to be a big flip with what we're looking at this weekend  with temperatures and humidity shooting up. We're going to have heat indicies of 90  and probably some late day thunderstorms similar to what we had last week," Jamison said.

Temperatures will hold in the 80s on Wednesday. A weak cold front will bring temperatures back to the 70s on Thursday.

With all of Maine and New Hampshire's Strafford County in a drought with the rest of the Seacoast "abnormally dry" will the rain and drizzle have any impact?

"This is very welcome rainfall and we did see some accumulation of of greater than two inches since the start of the rain. Unfortunately it's just a Band-Aid on a much larger problem," Jamison said.  "This kind of rainfall can easily be removed by any kind of hot weather. We can see a lot more evaporation. Of course a lot of this is just running off."

The National Weather Service forecast for the Seacoast:

  • SUNDAY: Cloudy with a high near 62
  • SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a low near 52
  • MONDAY: Sunny. High near 76.
  • MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low around 63.
  • TUESDAY: Partly sunny and hot. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 90
  • WEDNESDAY: Sunny. High near 88

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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