Severe thunderstorms possible later Monday at the Jersey Shore

     A July 2013 thunderstorm over Ocean Grove, NJ. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/

    A July 2013 thunderstorm over Ocean Grove, NJ. (Photo: Chris Spiegel/

    Storms are possible later Monday into the evening hours amid the ongoing heat and humidity, forecasters say. 

    Mostly sunny skies will prevail for most of Monday, allowing temperatures to climb into the lower to middle 80s and the coast and 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service.

    A storm line ahead of an approaching cold front could approach the Delaware River during the late afternoon hours and arrive at the Jersey Shore during rush hour or later. But the precise timing remains uncertain. Showers and thunderstorms ahead of the line are possible. 

    The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center places the Jersey Shore in the “slight” risk category for severe thunderstorms, implying that scattered severe storms that are “short-lived and/or not widespread” are possible. Areas in New Jersey to the west and north are under an enhanced risk of severe storms. 

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    According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the local National Weather Service office, the primary hazards are damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours that might cause flash flooding. 

    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. 

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