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NEW YORK — Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued for parts of New York City, New Jersey and Long Island on Tuesday evening.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, as well as Westchester County and parts of New Jersey until 7:15 p.m. We could see gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.

Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties have all faced Severe Thunderstorm Warnings through 6 p.m., while one in Bergen County was issued until 6:30 p.m.

The dog days of summer returned on Tuesday as a high pressure system parked itself south of the area, sending temperatures soaring.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for New York City and areas north of the city, as well as much of New Jersey, from 11 a.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures were expected to rise into the mid-90s in the city and inland areas Tuesday, with more of the same on Wednesday.

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Folks can expect partly sunny, hot and very humid conditions Tuesday afternoon, with strong to possibly severe thunderstorms in the evening.

Heat index values could approach 100 degrees in some areas, so be sure to limit time in the sun and avoid strenuous activities. Don’t forget to keep an eye on pets as well.

The heat will subside somewhat during the second half of the week as temperatures drop back to seasonable levels, however our attention will then turn to Tropical Storm Elsa. There is no real danger for the tri-state area as Elsa will be in a weakened state when it enters the region, but it could give us some decent rainfall.

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The latest models have shifted Elsa’s track further inland, but there is still a chance that it could bypass us altogether.