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July 2, 2013

Weather's looking perfect for fireworks on the 4th

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Woodsom Farm is scheduled for Thursday at sundown, and so far the weather forecasts for the day are looking fairly promising.

As of yesterday afternoon, Thursday’s forecast is calling for a high of 88 degrees during the day with a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms throughout the area. There will also be a nice breeze coming in from the southwest, but it will be very humid as well, according to weather.com.

It is expected to cool off considerably as the day wears on. By sundown the forecast predicts temperatures around 70 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a 10 percent chance of rain. Presuming that it doesn’t rain earlier in the day, it should be an ideal night for fireworks at Woodsom Farm, which will come as welcome news for event organizers after the logistical ordeal they endured last year.

Last year the fireworks display was postponed because forecasts were predicting inclement weather on the Fourth itself. The fireworks were moved from Wednesday to Friday, and the decision to postpone turned out to be a good call after a huge storm rolled through Amesbury right at sunset and dumped heavy rains across the region.

The fields had all dried up by Friday, and with perfect weather, residents were able to enjoy an ideal night for the fireworks.

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After a hectic month of June that included over a dozen meetings, most of which related to the city budget and the proposed salary increases, the City Council is finally getting a bit of a rest this week as locals turn their attention away from municipal matters and toward a relaxing holiday weekend.

But before the councilors have a chance to get away themselves, there is one last Ordinance Committee meeting tonight that will address a piece of legislation that got lost in the shuffle during last month’s hubbub.

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