Summer is in full swing this week at the Jersey Shore in the midst of the warmest time of the year.
The National Weather Service says the heat index — the combination of the heat and humidity, or as it really feels — should approach 100 degrees in some places Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon or exceed 100 degrees on Thursday afternoon.
Temperatures are likely to surge into the 90s inland but will be cooler at the coast, with readings in the middle 80s. Thursday will be the hottest day.
A mixture of sun and clouds will be the predominate sky feature each day.
With the muggy air mass in place, strong thunderstorms are possible Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters expect the primary hazards to be possible pockets of damaging wind and heavy rain, which could lead to poor drainage flooding.
By Friday, temperatures will begin to cool as the southwest flow eases and become more easterly. Forecasters say temperatures will be five to 10 degrees cooler than Thursday and less humid.
The weekend looks generally sunny and comfortable at the coast, featuring temperatures around 80 degrees.