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One More Painful Muggy, Cloudy Day Before Gorgeous Summer Weekend

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If you didn't get a chance to enjoy the few beautiful days we had earlier this week, you'll have another opportunity very soon.

First, though, we have to get through a second day of heat and humidity along with a threat of isolated thunderstorms across the tri-state area. Check the latest severe weather alerts in your neighborhood.

Like Thursday, Friday is set to feature higher humidity than we saw earlier in the week. There could be some scattered showers in the morning, but most of the day will be muggy and cloudy, with temperatures in the upper 80s to near-90 degrees.

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An approaching cold front to the west will bring another chance for showers and a few thunderstorms. Any stormy weather that does pop up will come mainly after 5 p.m., although the storm threat does not appear to be too intense. It will likely be some steady rain showers with a stray rumble of thunder for a brief time just after the evening rush hour in the city.

Most of the more severe weather is expected to stay further south, toward Baltimore and D.C., though parts of southern New Jersey could see some severe weather during the evening. Stay with Storm Team 4 for the latest on potential forecast shifts and changes.

Once the storms move out the weather vastly improves, with a gorgeous weekend forecast in the mid-to-high 80s and partly sunny skies. Lower humidity stays in place for a few days, too. It will mark yet another welcome reprieve for New York City after two, at times record-breaking heat waves this month, the second of which lasted a miserable full week.

And we could have another one heading our way in early August. The end of next week is trending warmer, which could bring another stretch of 90-plus-degree days and possibly the third heat wave of this summer. Fortunately (and mercifully), it doesn't appear that it will last as long as the previous heat wave.

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