‘Dangerous’ heat moves into NY/NJ as Tropical Storm churns

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Oppressive heat will make the tri-state area sweat Wednesday while forecasters keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Arthur, churning northward up the eastern seaboard.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire area except Suffolk County through 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

A heat advisory will be in effect from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday for parts of central New Jersey as high temperatures and sweltering humidity combine to make it feel about 100 degrees.

“This is the kind of thing where you don’t take your dogs for long walks. Check on the elderly because this is very, very dangerous heat,” PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church said.

Residents in the affected counties are told to keep their tie outside to a minimum, drink plenty of water and check on relatives and neighbors, particularly the elderly who are especially susceptible to heat illness.

The advisory applies to the following NJ counties:

  • Hunterdon
  • Mercer
  • Middlesex
  • Monmouth
  • Ocean
  • Somerset

There’s a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms in the area Wednesday afternoon, though the precipitation is not related to Tropical Storm Arthur, moving northward up the eastern coast.

As sweltering conditions settle over the region, Arthur is “baking” off the eastern coast of Florida, Church said.

The first named storm of the year, Arthur is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by Thursday afternoon as it passes by the coast of the Carolinas.

By late Friday, the storm is expected be about 225 miles off the coast of New York City and about 125 miles from the eastern tip of Long Island.

Arthur will likely stay off shore, but it will churn up the seas and create dangerous, life-threatening rip currents in the tri-state area during the long holiday weekend.

High surf in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut is expected and beach erosion is possible.

PIX11's Linda Church and Rachel Frank contributed to this report.