BY STEVE DiMARTINO
N.J. WEATHER FORECAST
A raw, wet weather pattern will be in place through Thursday as another marine air mass locks in over the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas with low clouds, drizzle, and showers. A hot and humid air mass invades by Friday with showers and thunderstorms. However, while the weather this week is unsettled, this weekend will be excellent once again!
A series of disturbances along a stationary front will produce overcast to broken clouds, drizzle, and scattered showers and thunderstorms through Thursday. The strongest showers and thunderstorms will be capable of very heavy downpours, wind gusts over 30 mph, occasional lightning, and visibility below 2 miles at times. Winds will be from the east at 5 to 15 mph with gusts over 20 mph. Temperatures this afternoon will range from the mid to upper 60's over Long Island, upper 60's to lower 70's over the New York City metropolitan area, and mid to upper 70's over the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Temperatures Thursday morning for lows will range from the lower to mid 60's. Temperatures Thursday afternoon for highs will range from the upper 60's to lower 70's over Long Island, mid to upper 70's over the New York City metropolitan areas, and upper 70's to lower 80's for the Philadelphia metropolitan areas.