Keep your rain gear handy, New Jersey. Further batches of isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected to sweep the state Friday evening and much of the day on Saturday, as remaining moisture from Tropical Depression Laura merges with a system of low pressure and walks towards us.
Although the showers that arrive Friday afternoon and Friday evening are not expected to be widespread, strong thunderstorms could appear and dump heavy rains or cause isolated wind damage, forecasters from the National Weather Service said.
Forecasters say the threat of severe weather will be greatest on Saturday, when bands of showers and embedded thunderstorms pass through the Garden State. Some of these storms, triggered by a cold front, could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain because Laura’s leftovers will add tropical humidity to the atmosphere.
In addition to pockets of flash flooding, “some thunderstorms could be severe, with locally damaging winds the main threat,” the Mount Holly Weather Service office noted in a dangerous weather report released Friday.
The bottom line: The first half of the last weekend of August isn’t shaping up to be good for al fresco dining or working on your tan on the Jersey Shore. However, Sunday should be a decent summer day, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures hovering between the 70s and 80s.
The only downside for Sunday is the expectation of gusty winds in the Garden State as the system of storms heads south to New England and eastern Canada.
Laura slammed into Louisiana like a powerful Category 4 hurricane on Thursday, packing winds of 150 km / h and leaving a wide path of destruction in its wake.
Live weather radar
Risk of storm Friday and Saturday
This graph from the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office shows the risk of a storm over the next two days in its forecast area – which covers eastern Pennsylvania, most of New Jersey, all of Delaware, and the eastern Maryland.
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