NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for a large swath of northern New Jersey on Friday.

The Tornado Watch was canceled for northern New Jersey counties just after 5 p.m. However, the threat of severe weather was expected to remain for much of the evening.

Storms, some of which may be severe, were expected to hit New Jersey and New York between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Heavier downpours, gusty winds, and thunderstorms will move through New York City between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Showers will taper off Friday night and unseasonably hot weather will arrive for the weekend. Heat Advisories have been issued for northeast New Jersey and suburbs north of New York City, as it may feel like 100 degrees in some areas on Saturday. The actual air temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s.