New Jersey

Severe Thunderstorms Hit Tri-State Amid Stifling Heat, Humidity

What to Know

  • Temps reached a high of 92 in the city Tuesday but it felt more like 100 degrees across much of the region
  • Widespread showers and thunderstorms, some of them had the potential to become severe, moved in Tuesday evening
  • The storms brought a cold front, paving the way for a gorgeous stretch of weather likely to last through much of next week

Widespread showers and thunderstorms hit the tri-state area again Tuesday as oppressive heat and humidity returned to the region, according to Storm Team 4. 

Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for parts of northern New Jersey, including Somerset, Middlesex, Morris, Hunterdon and Warren, as well as the Hudson Valley, into the night. A flash flood warning was in effect through 3:45 Wednesday morning for Middlesex and Somerset. An earlier tornado warning for Warren County expired by 8:45 p.m. See the latest weather alerts here.

Scattered strong thunderstorms were possible mainly to the north of west of the city, and areas across extreme northwestern New Jersey, the Catskills and upper Hudson Valley had the best potential for damaging winds, hail, lightning strikes and heavy downpours. 

There were reports of trees and wires down in Hunterdon by 10 p.m. as storms moved through the area. There were additional reports of a tree down in Ronkonkoma on Long Island and wires down in Mt. Sinai in Suffolk County. A spokeswoman said less than five PSEG customers were affected and that the power would be restored around 5:45 a.m. 

The storms weakened in strength when they made their way into the city, Storm Team 4 says. However, Tropical humidity continued through the night, with scattered heavy thunderstorms. 

A heat advisory was in effect for the five boroughs, southern Westchester County and much of northern New Jersey through the afternoon, and an air quality alert was in effect for northern Fairfield County in Connecticut. Temperatures hit the low 90s in spots by early afternoon, but forecasters say the suffocating humidity made it feel more like 100 degrees. 

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Wednesday will be a transition day: the morning starts off a touch humid, breezy and warm. A stray shower is possible but clouds should start to thin out late morning into the afternoon. By late afternoon,  the humidity plunges and the air will feel delightful.

The stretch of great weather will continue into early next week -- ideal weather to spend outside in comfort. 

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