The weather will be as spectacular as the fireworks as the metro-east nears the Fourth of July holiday.
* The high temperature Wednesday will be 76 degrees under mostly sunny skies. It will be partly cloudy overnight with a low of 55.
* On Thursday skies will be sunny and the high will be 78 during the day. Overnight the low will be 58.
* On Friday, the Fourth, the high will be 81 under sunny skies with lows in the upper 50s. The same goes for Saturday: High 81, lows in the upper 50s.
* The next chance of rain comes Saturday night and into Sunday when a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms is forecast. The high temperature Sunday is expected to be 87.
The average high temperature for the first week of July in the metro-east is 89 degrees. Two years ago the area had a very different stretch of weather. From July 3-7 in 2012, new records for the high temperature were set each day. It was 101 on July 3, 105 on July 4-5, 106 on July 6 and 107 on July 7, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Still, the metro-east is a long way off from the lowest high temperature for this time of year. On July 2, 2001, the high temperature reached was only 56 degrees. The record for lowest high temperature on the Fourth of July in the St. Louis area is 52, set in 1940.