Visibility might be low and revelers might want to seek cover from intermittent rain, but the Inner Habor New Year’s Eve Spectacular will go on as scheduled, according to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
“The fireworks are still on,” spokeswoman Tracy Baskerville said in an email Monday afternoon. “They can go in the rain, but if the weather gets severe, it could change. The rain may have more of an impact on the band though. We will announce if there are any changes.”
The Inner Harbor celebration starts at 9 p.m., with a performance by Thunderball, a Baltimore-based band who will perform at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Mayor Catherine E. Pugh will count down to 2019, with the midnight fireworks to follow."
While the rain could dampen the celebrations, at least it won’t be cold, said Mike Muccilli, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Temperatures should rise to nearly 50 degrees — and New Year’s Day could reach nearly 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
“Just be prepared to get wet,” Muccilli said. “Bring an umbrella, but it will feel mild.”
After all, how else would Baltimore celebrate the end of its rainiest year on record?
Temperatures during the day Monday are expected to be in the 40s before rising overnight to 57 degrees by 5 a.m. and to a high of 59 degrees Tuesday.
The on-and-off rain is nearly certain — a 90 percent chance — Monday night, along with some patchy fog. The chance for rain drops to 30 percent Tuesday.
Temperatures should fall into the 40s Wednesday and Thursday, with a chance of rain both days, before rising again to a high of 50 degrees on a likely rainy Friday.
Forecasters say the weekend should clear up; temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s both days.
Baltimore Sun reporter John-John Williams IV contributed to this article.