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Hail, strong winds and severe thunderstorms possible into Friday night

NEW YORK — A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for New York City, Nassau County and almost all of New Jersey Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The alert is set to last until 10 p.m. and warns of possible hail the size of ping-pong balls, wind gusts up to 65 mph and lightning.

In New Jersey, the following counties are under the watch: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.

In New York, these counties are under the watch: Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington and Westchester.

Lows will fall into the upper 60s and lower 70s Friday night as the bulk of the system moves out, though scattered showers and thunderstorms could linger into Saturday.

The rest of the weekend looks to be warm and humid, with temperatures in the 80s both days.