BY STEVE DiMARTINO
N.J. WEATHER FORECAST
This hazy, hot, and humid weather pattern is going to go out with a bang over the next 24 hours with very heavy rainfall, severe thunderstorms, and even some minor influences from Hurricane Arthur to contend with.
A powerful cold front and upper level disturbance will march towards the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas Thursday through Friday morning, the 4th of July, with wide spread showers and strong to severe thunderstorms. These severe thunderstorms will be capable of wind gusts over 50 mph, frequent lightning, very heavy downpours, and hail. An isolated tornado is possible but unlikely, thanks to Hurricane Carter. Flash flooding and poor visibility will be significant impacts throughout the region. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph. High temperatures will rise into the upper 80's to lower 90's with a heat index in the upper 90's to lower 100's.