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Thunderstorms likely in New Jersey after warming up on Tuesday: See forecast

NEW JERSEY – Thunderstorms, flooding, hail and even isolated tornadoes are possible after summer heat hit New Jersey this week, forecasters said.

According to the National Weather Service, “high temperatures well above normal” are expected Tuesday. Patchy fog will greet commuters during the morning hours, quickly paving the way for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s to mid 80s in the afternoon.

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The weather service added that temperatures near the coast will be noticeably cooler due to light surface winds.

“Mid-week temperatures [across the Northeast] will reach levels typically seen in the middle of summer,” AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Sadvary said Monday.

Sadvary added that humidity in some parts of the region may make temperatures feel more like 90-degree heat on Wednesday and Thursday.

“If you haven't gotten around to installing your air conditioning units yet, the beginning of this week would be the optimal time to do so,” Sadvary said.

Dry skies will continue through Wednesday and Thursday morning, with showers, locally severe thunderstorms and a threat of flooding arriving in the region on Thursday, AccuWeather noted. The storms can produce heavy downpours with damaging winds of up to 65 miles per hour and even isolated tornadoes and hail. Evening commuters should also be prepared for delays and disruptions.

The National Weather Service added that additional showers and possible thunderstorms were possible Friday through Saturday – particularly in South Jersey.

Here's the latest forecast, according to the National Weather Service:

North Jersey

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. In the morning, a calm wind will be out of the south at 5 to 9 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high around 89. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday night: 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, high near 90. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. 60% chance of precipitation. New rainfall amounts between 1/10 and 1/4 inch, although higher amounts are possible during thunderstorms.

Thursday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11 p.m., then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation totals will range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch, with higher amounts possible except during thunderstorms.

Central Jersey

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of rain and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday: Slight chance of thunderstorms, then risk of thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New precipitation amounts will be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except during thunderstorms and higher amounts are possible.

Thursday night: There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch are possible.

South Jersey

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. South wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, maximum temperature around 30 degrees Celsius. Light southwest wind increasing to 8 to 10 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of rain and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind around 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday: Low chance of thunderstorms, chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, high temperature around 30°C. Southwest wind 8 to 16 km/h. Chance of precipitation 40%. Nine Rainfall amounts between 0.25 and 0.35 mm, although higher amounts are possible during thunderstorms.

Thursday night: Chance of rain and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 64. Chance of precipitation 50%. New precipitation amounts between 0.6 and 1.3 cm possible.

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