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Thunderstorms a lingering threat this afternoon

The cold front is off the New Jersey coast, but a trailing disturbance keeps thunderstorms a threat
The cold front is off the New Jersey coast, but a trailing disturbance keeps thunderstorms a threat
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The cold front is already off the New Jersey coast this morning with noticeably cooler temperatures and lower humidity already, however an approaching disturbance will keep showers and thunderstorms a threat this afternoon and evening. Excellent weather conditions can be expected for most of this weekend, however the start of next week looks to be cloudy and wet.

Today, scattered to overcast cloud cover will linger over New Jersey with a threat of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The best potential for showers and thunderstorms will be over central and southern New Jersey. The strongest thunderstorms will feature heavy downpours, frequent lightning, small hail, and wind gusts over 30 mph. Winds will be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures will rise into the lower to mid 80's for highs this afternoon.

Tonight, any showers or thunderstorms left will in the evening will collapse by midnight. Skies will clear towards morning as high pressure takes hold. Winds will be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures will fall into the lower to mid 50's over northwestern New Jersey and upper 50's to lower 60's along the coast and over much of southern New Jersey.

High pressure will be in control tomorrow on through Sunday morning with clear skies to scattered cloud cover. Winds will veer from the northwest to northeast by Saturday afternoon and to the east by Sunday morning at around 5 to 10 mph. Temperatures tomorrow afternoon will rise into the upper 70's to lower 80's. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday will range from the upper 50's to lower 60's for lows and lower to mid 80's for highs.

An area of low pressure developing off the Virginia and North Carolina coasts will enhance the easterly wind over New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. Clouds will increase leading to overcast skies by the afternoon. Temperatures will range from the lower to mid 60's for lows and upper 70's to lower 80's for highs.

An easterly fetch will remain in place for Monday and Tuesday with overcast skies and periods of showers rotating in from the Atlantic Ocean. Temperatures will range from the lower to mid 60's for lows and upper 70's to lower 80's for highs.