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Flood watch in effect for New York area Thursday and Friday

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Clouds prevented temperatures from hitting 90 for a third-day in a row on Wednesday, giving the region a respite from the brutal heat.

Widely scattered showers are approaching the area this evening, which will dissipate after sunset.

Thursday will be variably cloudy with showers or thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Some of these storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds and large hail.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire area with the exception of Central New Jersey. This will be in effect from Thursday afternoon and will last through the bulk of Friday. We could expect locally heavy downpours during this period and rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches in a few locales.

So far for the month we’ve had 9.8 inches of rainfall. We only need around .50 of an inch of rainfall before we reach our record for the entire month.