Thursday Overview: More heat builds through Saturday with scattered t-storms possible

More heat will build through Saturday with a strong ridge over region. More sunshine is expected to mix with clouds this afternoon. This will help temperatures reach into the lower to middle 90s today over much of the area today. But with surface dewpoints in the 70s, heat index values alone will be in the middle to upper 90s. The National Weather Service has heat advisory for NYC for today through Saturday. Excessive heat warnings are also in effect for the Philadelphia metro region through Saturday.

Due to the unstable, hot and muggy airmass, some widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible over the next few days, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. The main threat will be some torrential downpours and frequent lightning with weak shear and tropical moisture. Otherwise it will be mainly dry with more sunshine.  Some other highlights over next few days.

  • Heat will continue to build with hotter temperatures in the middle 90s likely by Friday or Saturday with heat index values around or above 105F.
  • Sportscast: Scattered showers and thunderstorms possibly mean delays for Mets and Yankees games through at least Saturday.
  • Surf zone forecast: There will continue to be possibly a moderate or high risk for rip current along the beaches today with southerly winds.

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