NEW YORK (PIX11) — Some severe storms are expected to hit New Jersey Friday evening. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for a large swath of northern New Jersey.

The tornado watch is in effect through 7 p.m. The following counties are included: Burlington, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Salem, Warren, Camden, Mercer, Morris, Somerset, Gloucester, Middelsex, Ocean and Sussex.

While a few strong storms could move in into New Jersey around 4 p.m., the bulk of the severe weather was expected over western parts of the state between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. These storms will make their way eastward toward New York City, however, the cooler air will weaken the storm system.

Rain could begin in New York City around 5 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.

Sunday will be partly sunny with another round of near-record high temperatures for the afternoon. There is a chance of late-day showers and thunderstorms as a cold front will work its way into the region from the west. The high temperature will be 92 in the city, low to mid-80s in the suburbs.

Monday will be partly sunny with a chance of scattered showers as cooler air moves into the region. The high temperature will be 74 in the city, mid-70s in the suburbs. Tuesday will be mostly sunny and pleasant as high pressure will dominate the weather for the region. The high temperature will be 70 in the city, low 70s in the suburbs.

Wednesday will be partly cloudy and cooler as an onshore wind will develop during the afternoon. The high temperature will be 68 in the city, upper 60s in the suburbs. Thursday will be sunny early with increasing clouds later in the day. There is a chance of showers as a front will move toward the area from the west. The high temperature will be 75 in the city, mid-70s in the suburbs.