The good news is, it won't be raining on the 4th. The bad news: it'll be hot enough to melt your Popsicles and warm your beer.

The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 93 degrees, sunny, hot and humid conditions for July 4th - the heat index will be closer to 98 degrees. That's hot, but not quite the record for Utica, which was 96 degrees, set back in 1949. 

Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for children and elderly people, and individuals with medical conditions that make them sensitive to the heat.

Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and stay in the air conditioning.

The clear skies will be ideal for fireworks viewing - and there are several locations throughout Central NY where you can watch the show.

Want to cool down? Check out the splash pad in Chadwicks - that's finally open for the season:

Be sure to stay cool and stay safe while you're enjoying your holiday weekend!