First Alert: Tropical downpours and flooding to hit area Thursday

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A FIRST ALERT is in effect for the Philadelphia region Thursday due to tropical downpours and the threat of localized flooding.

The alert is in effect for the entire region except for the Jersey Shore from through midnight. While the Shore will see some rain on Thursday, the flood threat there will be much lower compared to other areas.

“We’ll see random, pop-up very heavy downpours throughout the day and into Thursday night.” First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Sosna said. “In these situations, very heavy rainfall will occur over some of our neighborhoods, while other neighborhoods are spared. You have to pay close attention throughout the day as the weather will be changing each hour.”

Some areas at the Jersey Shore picked up over an inch of rain Wednesday night into early Thursday, while other places in and around Philadelphia saw less rain, but enough for damp morning driving conditions.

“Overall, it’ll be a dreary day,” meteorologist Krystal Klei said. “Humid, cloudy and rainy.”

The humidity will be extremely high throughout the day, so even when it’s not raining it will feel tropical. The heaviest showers and thunderstorms will arrive late morning through afternoon providing 1 to 3 inches of rain. Some neighborhoods that get multiple downpours could get over 3 inches of rain.

With all of the cloud cover and humidity Thursday, temperatures will only reach around 80 degrees.

Morning showers Friday will give way to breaks of afternoon sunshine and falling humidity levels. Friday afternoon through Saturday evening will be our nicest weather with lower humidity and dry weather. Showers and storms will return to the forecast Sunday. Some of the rain Sunday evening could be heavy.

Next week’s weather looks phenomenal. We will see six dry weather days with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team throughout the day on the app and on NBC10 News for the latest updates.

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