6 p.m. update: FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The flash flood watch has been canceled for Fairfield County, the National Weather Service said.
It was canceled hours earlier than it was scheduled to expire because the rain was not as severe as forecast, the National Weather Service said.
There is a 30 percent chance of additional showers before 8 p.m. Saturday. It will be mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with an overnight low of about 55 degrees.
Original story: FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A flash flood watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for the Fourth of July in Fairfield County with a day of rain in the forecast, but the holiday weekend won't be a total washout, the National Weather Service said.
A total of 1 to 3 inches of rain -- or more -- could fall as a cold front moves slowly into the area Friday morning and then dissipates, the weather service said. This will bring heavy showers and thunderstorms to Fairfield County as it interacts with the moisture streaming ahead of Hurricane Arthur, which is steaming up the East Coast.
Flooding could occur in urban areas such as roads, low-lying spots and areas of poor drainage.
This will be the third day in a row in Fairfield County with thunderstorms, after severe storms brought thunder, lightning, heavy rain and, in some areas, hail on Wednesday and Thursday evening. Many fireworks shows across Fairfield County were delayed -- see a revised schedule here on the Daily Voice.
High temperatures on Friday will be near 75 degrees, a welcome drop after a steamy Wednesday and Thursday with highs that approached 90 degrees.
There is a chance of showers Friday night, mainly before 7 p.m., then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low in the mid-50s.
The holiday weekend will brighten on Saturday, with sunny skies and a high in the upper 70s. Cool overnight temperatures in the 50s will make for comfortable sleeping.
Sunday will be beautiful and sunny, with a high in the mid-80s.
If you're looking ahead to the work week, Monday will also be mostly sunny, with a high near 85 degrees.