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Heavy rain kick starts Fourth of July Weekend

Heavy rain throughout New Jersey will give way to clearing skies tonight
Heavy rain throughout New Jersey will give way to clearing skies tonight
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As Hurricane Arthur lifts northeast roughly 250 miles to the east of New Jersey, a slow moving cold front along the New Jersey coast has produce moderate to heavy rain throughout New Jersey through the early afternoon. However, rapidly improving conditions are on the way to save the rest of the Fourth of July weekend.

Periods of rain will exit this afternoon from west to east. The rainfall will be heavy with rainfall rates of a half an inch to as much as three inches per hour. Localized flash flooding, urban flooding, and visibility below two miles can be expected. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70's to lower 80's.

High pressure will build in from the west tonight leading to clearing skies. Winds will be from the northwest at 5 to 15 mph. Temperatures will fall into the lower to mid 60's along the coast and upper 50's to lower 60's over the interior.

High pressure will be in control tomorrow on through Sunday with clear skies to scattered cloud cover. Very low humidity can be expected throughout the region. Low temperatures will range from the upper 50's to lower 60's. High temperatures will range from the mid to upper 80's.

High pressure will shift off the coast on Monday and remain off the Mid Atlantic coast through the rest of the week. A series of cold fronts will attempt to move through New Jersey leading to isolated to widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. The thunderstorms will be capable of very heavy downpours, frequent lightning, hail, and wind gusts over 40 mph. Low temperatures will range from the upper 60's to lower 70's. High temperatures will range from the mid 80's along the coast and upper 80's to lower 90's throughout the rest of New Jersey.