Forecast: Chance of storms lingers through the weekend

Although the potential for heavy rain in association with a warm front near the area is over (the front has since moved well north and east of the region), the weather pattern will remain generally unsettled over the next few days and into this weekend. Small perturbations in the mid levels of the

NAM Model showing forecast high temperatures in the middle to upper 80’s across parts of the area on Thursday afternoon. Click to enlarge.

atmosphere will serve as focal points for the development of showers and storms during the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday. However, not all is lost as warmer air will work back into the area which will surely come as a welcomed occurrence to those who are hoping to hold on to summer for a few more weeks. Forecast high temperatures return to the mid and upper 80’s in some spots on Thursday and Friday, with cooler temperatures near the shore and warmer temperatures inland. If you’re headed to the shore this weekend, expect a seabreeze to develop in the early afternoon with winds off the water and some cooler temperatures.

Looking ahead to the weekend, forecast models are hinting at a cold front approaching the area by Saturday evening with the potential for showers and thunderstorms (some could be strong depending on the timing of the front). This will likely be our next chance for more widespread precipitation throughout the area. Behind the front, a brief cooldown is expected before another return to near-normal temperatures by next week.

Thursday: More sun, but scattered showers and storms are still possible in the afternoon. More likely the farther west you go. High temperatures trending warmer, with the thermometer reaching into the mid and upper 80’s over parts of New Jersey and into the 80’s over much of Connecticut and Southeast New York.

Thursday Night: A pleasant night, with lows dropping into the upper 60’s and lower 70’s across most of the area. Some lingering clouds early in the evening should dissipate by mid-evening.

Friday: Warmer again, with highs in the 80’s. Another chance of showers and storms by afternoon. Cooler near the shore and on Long Island than inland, with temperatures in the upper 70’s along the coastal areas and in the mid 80’s away from the water.

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