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Relief on the way after showers and thunderstorms

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Say good bye to the hazy, hot, and humid weather and hello to influences from the Canadian Maritime! A significant drop in temperatures is on the way with lower humidity and more comfortable conditions.

Today, the cold front will continue to drop south through New Jersey this afternoon. The first wave of showers and strong to severe thunderstorms earlier this morning produced some storm damage including ground to cloud lightning, heavy rainfall, and wind damage. The next wave of showers and thunderstorms will move through the state this afternoon. The focus of the strongest thunderstorms will be over central and southern New Jersey, but the entire state is at risk. The strongest thunderstorms will again feature frequent lightning, wind gusts over 50 mph, very heavy downpours, and hail. There is potential for localized urban flooding, visibility below 2 miles, and some wind damage. The showers and thunderstorms will exit by this evening with clearing skies from north to south. Winds will veer to the north at 5 to 15 mph. Temperatures will rise into the upper 70's to lower 80's for highs this afternoon, however humidity will be high leading to temperatures felling like the mid to upper 80's.

Tonight through tomorrow, high pressure will build south from New England on a northerly wind. The humidity will fall off along with skies clearing. Winds will be from the north at 5 to 15 mph. Low temperatures will range from the upper 50's to lower 60's. High temperatures will rise into the upper 70's to lower 80's, which will feel wonderful with low humidity to end the week.

Our streak of perfect weekend weather will somewhat be a threat. A marine air mass will build into the region leading to scattered to broken cloud cover and an isolated threat for a shower. Most locations will remain dry though and very comfortable. Temperatures this weekend will average near to slightly below normal. Low temperatures will be in the upper 50's to lower 60's. High temperatures in the upper 70's to lower 80's.

High pressure locked in over Maine will remain in control Monday on through Wednesday. A back door cold front will not be far away which means that variable cloud cover can be expected, especially towards southern New Jersey with an isolated shower or two possible. Otherwise, a very tranquil period of weather can be expected. Temperatures will range from the upper 50's to lower 60's for lows and upper 70's to lower 80's for highs.