If you hope to spend some time at the beach this holiday weekend, today might be your best bet.

Forecasters were expecting the Fourth of July holiday to be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs should be in the upper 80s, with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. The chance of rain today is 20 percent.

Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 70s and southeast winds 10 to 15 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Friday also was expected to be partly sunny, but with a 40 percent chance of rain. Showers and thunderstorms are possible. Highs should be in the uppper 80s, with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

According to NOAA, the water temperature in Charleston Harbor was 81.9 degrees around 7 a.m. today.