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As the Bermuda High locks in over the coastal waters of the Southeast coast, temperatures will rise to well above normal levels the next three days. While these hazy, hot, and humid weather conditions may make you want to run to the beach, the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms will develop for the evening and overnight hours that may create some dangerous conditions.

Today on through Thursday, the three H's of Summer will be in full effect with high levels of humidity and temperatures rising to above normal levels. Winds from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph will transport the tropical air mass from the Gulf of Mexico the next three days. However, disturbances from the Great Lakes will also race towards the New Jersey coast which will produce isolated to widely scattered strong to severe thunderstorms in the evening through the overnight hours. These thunderstorms will be capable of very heavy downpours, frequent vivid lightning, wind gusts over 50 mph, and hail. There is even an extremely isolated threat for a tornado. Most of these thunderstorms will be diving southeast through the state and will be strongest over the western part of the state and weaken towards the coast. Around and behind these thunderstorms, the high level of moisture in the air will lead to the development of locally dense fog in the morning hours with visibility below a mile at times. Low temperatures will range from the upper 60's to lower 70's. High temperatures will range from the upper 80's to lower 90's along the coast and lower to mid 90's throughout the rest of the state, especially in the Delaware River Valley.

A strong cold front will drop through the region on Friday morning with lingering showers and thunderstorms followed by clearing skies. Temperatures will be much cooler with lows in the lower to mid 60's and highs in the lower to mid 80's.

A cool and unsettled weather pattern is set up for Saturday on through Monday with scattered to broken cloud cover and a few isolated to widely scattered showers possible. Temperatures will be much cooler on the heels of a north to northeasterly wind. Low temperatures will range from the upper 50's to lower 60's. High temperatures will range from the upper 70's to lower 80's.

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