Raphael Miranda's afternoon forecast for Monday, June 24. (Published Monday, Jun 24, 2013)
After a glorious weekend with comfortable, summery temperatures and sunny skies, the heat and humidity surged back up Monday across the tri-state area, with the threat of severe thunderstorms in parts of the area.
Temperatures climbed into the 90s in some parts of the area, and meteorologists say they could get there Tuesday and Wednesday too, potentially making for the region's second heat wave of the year, and the first official heat wave of summer.
A heat advisory is in effect for most of the area through Tuesday afternoon.
Along with the intense heat and humidity comes the chance for pop-up thunderstorms at any point. Isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening hours could bring gusty winds, intense lightning and downpours that could cause flash flooding in spots.
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Forecasters say Tuesday is expected to be the hottest of the next three days with temperatures likely to reach a high of 93 degrees. Monday won't be much better with a high of 92, and Wednesday is expected to reach 91 degrees. The first part of the week is expected to be mostly sunny except for the occasional thunderstorm, though the chance for scattered storms increases later in the week.
Meteorologists say a cold front will push through the region Thursday and stall in the area, meaning the sticky, soupy air will stick around and heavy thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon and evening. The cold front is expected to push temperatures back down in to the mid 80s by Thursday.
The chance for scattered thunderstorms continues into the weekend, with temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s.