Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for the Jersey Shore

     Radar imagery depicting a line of storms approaching the Delaware River at 4:50 today.

    Radar imagery depicting a line of storms approaching the Delaware River at 4:50 today.

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for a portion of the Jersey Shore late this afternoon.

    The National Weather Service added Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties to the watch area issued earlier this afternoon that had included areas to the north and west.

    A line of storms, including some that have achieved severe status, is marching toward to Delaware River as of 4:45 p.m. 

    Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible at the Shore early this evening, with strong damaging winds as the primary hazard. 

    But the service says that serve threat is generally lower near the coast since the cooler ocean waters have “limited surface heating considerably.”

    NOAA defines a severe thunderstorm as producing hail at least one of the following: hail at one-inch in diameter, a wind gust of 58 miles per hour or greater, or a tornado.

    Skies will gradually clear tonight, and it will be much cooler compared to recent nights, with temperatures dropping down into upper 30s.

    Much more seasonable weather is ahead tomorrow, featuring sunny skies and temperatures at or slightly above normal in the middle to upper 40s. A breeze will make it feel cooler.

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