Warm and muggy day as strong storms arrive Friday evening

Posted at 6:30 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 20:57:51-04

NEW YORK — Several severe weather warnings, watches and advisories were issued for the tri-state area Friday, though many have expired.

A Flood Advisory is in effect for Queens, Richmond and Kings counties until 9:45 p.m. Parts of Queens, Suffolk and Nassau counties are under a Flood Advisory until 10:15 p.m.

Parts of New Jersey are under a Coastal Flood Advisory until 12 a.m. Saturday, including Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The week ended on a stormy note with torrential downpours and gusty winds. This is all associated with a cold front that approached the region from the north. Once the front passes, we'll get a brief break from the heat for Independence Day. Temperatures then climb back up for Sunday and we could hit 90 degrees several times next week.

Any showers and thunderstorms that develop Friday evening could be on the severe side. The main threat will be torrential downpours that could lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. There have been reports of water rescues from flooded streets in Bridgeport, Connecticut from a storm that has produced a prolonged period of heavy rain. Over 3 inches of rain has fallen at the local airport. Most of the showers and thunderstorms should diminish into the overnight period. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s.

Behind the front, temperatures will back off for the Fourth of July holiday. Expect temperatures to top out in the lower 80s with partly to mostly sunny skies. As for the evening, it will be comfortable with temperatures trailing down through the upper 70s.

Warmer temperatures return on Sunday. It should stay dry with mostly sunny skies. Expect highs to be in the upper 80s to around 90 degrees.

Heading through next week, temperatures will get close or hit 90 degrees as a Bermuda High tries to set up. Heat indices could climb further into the upper 90s as well. With the heat and humidity in place, the risk of thunderstorms could develop each afternoon.