Chance of rain in Merced late on Veterans Day

Forecasters expect above-average temperatures over the next five days with a chance of rain creeping in on the night of Veterans Day.

Meteorologist Jim Andersen with the National Weather Service in Hanford called for dry conditions with only light winds and temperatures in the low to mid-70s through the weekend.

“Looks like our hottest day will be Thursday,” he said, predicting 76 degrees. “And we’re expecting light, variable winds around 5mph.”

Those conditions are expected to hold up through most of Veterans Day, which is Monday. Andersen said there is a 30 percent chance of showers Monday night.

“We’ll know more as the day gets closer,” Andersen said. That is likely good news for a day of outdoor events celebrating U.S. veterans.

Veterans Day commemorations begin at 10 a.m. with a closing ceremony at the Field of Honor at Merced College.

At 11 a.m., Vietnam Veterans of America will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at the memorial at Courthouse Park in Merced. The park is off M Street, between 20th and 21st streets.

At noon in downtown Merced, a ceremony honoring veterans will happen in Bob Hart Square. The annual Merced Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. The parade route proceeds along West Main Street, between G and O streets. Organizers expect 2,000 to 3,000 people to attend this year’s parade.