Severe thunderstorms possible later today, forecasters say

     National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center map indicating a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for the entire area.

    National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center map indicating a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for the entire area.

    There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today for the Philadelphia suburbs, Delaware, and most of New Jersey, according to an afternoon update just released by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.

    The severe threat is generally along the Interstate 78 corridor in New Jersey to the south and southwest, but thunderstorms are possible anywhere.

    Sun peeking through cloud cover in portions of the area is allowing for heating to occur, resulting in atmospheric instability, and with a tropical air mass in place, thunderstorms could ignite during the afternoon and evening hours, according to a Convective Outlook issued by the service.

    Storms producing heavy rainfall and strong winds, including potentially locally damaging wind gusts, are possible, the National Weather Service advises.

    But all clears out by tomorrow morning, with comfortably dry weather on tap for the weekend.

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