What to Know
- Temperatures surpassed 90 degrees by mid-morning in parts of the tri-state Thursday, the worst of the days-long heat stretch
- Friday is expected to be much cooler dropping back into the high 70s, but still muggy as another storm system rolls through the area
- The weekend is expected to be sunny and much less humid with Sunday expected to be the best day
The stifling heat that choked the tri-state area for days mercifully subsided on Friday, ushering in hours of rain and unsettled weather that was to clear up in time for the weekend.
Pockets of heavy rain moved over swaths of the tri-state area during the day Friday, leading to flash flood advisories for more than a half-dozen counties in New Jersey, including flash flood warnings along the Jersey Shore down to Atlantic City. Area airports had been reporting delays, and a downed tree at Gun Hill Road in the Bronx caused a brief subway suspension.
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By nightfall, most of the rain was moving offshore south of New York City and to the west of Long Island. There were also pockets of heavy rain in the Hudson Valley, including in Sullivan County.
Patchy fog was expected Friday night into Saturday, Storm Team 4 says.
High temperatures only hit the mid-70s in the city Friday, a welcome respite from the stagnant, sizzling air that made it feel like 100 degrees or more across much of the tri-state area a day earlier.
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Actual temperatures Thursday peaked at 94 degrees at LaGuardia Airport, 93 at Newark, 93 at Kennedy and 90 in Central Park, according to the National Weather Service. Storm Team 4 says "precipitable water" in the atmosphere contributed to extra heavy downpours during isolated thunderstorms that popped up in the afternoon, bringing down trees and power lines and causing commute delays.
Everything is expected to clear out in time for the weekend, as the cold front from the storm system moves out of the region. Saturday could be a mix of sun and clouds, but Sunday there will be an abundance of sunshine. Both days should see high temperatures in the mid-80s with low humidity.