The month of July started with a great summer heat on Friday and temperatures remain high for this Saturday.
However, during this second day of the month, potentially severe weather is expected that could bring damaging winds and abundant lightning. Hail and isolated flooding are considered secondary threats at this time, while tornadoes are not likely.
The National Weather Service issued a severe storm watch for Ocean and Monmouth counties through 6:15 p.m.
On the other hand, it also issued a severe storm watch for the northern and southern regions of the city until 9:00 pm on Saturday. This includes Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Atlantic, Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Montgomery, and Ocean counties.
Saturday Severe Weather Timeline
The holiday weekend starts off on the wrong foot, as a slow cold front moves from north to south through the area. Showers and storms are possible throughout the day on Saturday, although severe weather conditions are not expected in the morning hours.
However, the day will not be bad everywhere. In some areas the skies will be dry for most of the day.
On the other hand, as temperatures peak and the front draws closer, the storms will intensify.
The Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey should see the first moments of severe weather, around noon, but possible as late as 5 p.m.
Southern New Jersey will be affected last around 5:00 p.m.
Flash floods are possible in areas heavily affected by rapid and heavy rains. All of New York City, the Hudson Valley and Nassau County, along with most of central and northern New Jersey and Connecticut are in the probable severe weather hazard zone on Saturday.
Some showers could linger into early Sunday morning, but conditions should improve greatly as the day progresses. Expect highs in the mid-80s on Sunday and partly cloudy skies once the remnants of rain recede. Want even better news?
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