Storm Team 4 is closely monitoring the potential for severe weather later Friday into the evening hours. New York City is in the "possible" zone for severe weather, but the greatest risk lies to the north and west, which could see stronger storms produce damaging winds and hail. An isolated tornado is also possible.
The area just west of New York City has started to see some scattered showers and thunderstorms. Long and intense wind gusts could also be expected later in the day as temperatures soar to the high 70s amid stifling humidity. Wind gusts of 40 mph were already reported between Newark and Kearny, New Jersey, according to Storm Team 4.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York, as well as for Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren counties in New Jersey, until 9 pm.
Although the severe weather will most likely impact the northwestern counties in the tri-state, they cannot be ruled out coming closer to the city, according to Storm Team 4.
The wet weather moves out overnight, paving the way for a clearer Saturday with temperatures in the 80s. Again, muggy air will make it feel much warmer. Temps fall back into the low 70s on Sunday under sunny skies. That pattern should continue, with temps hovering around 70, through the middle of next week.
Track the approaching storms using our interactive radar below.