Keep an eye on the sky. The reports that some severe thunderstorms have begun to propagate across areas of northern Thursday afternoon, and some of the storms might become more intense during the late afternoon and early evening.
A cluster of high winds began to sweep into areas of Hunterdon, Morris, and Warren counties as a result of some of these storms, which have boosted wind gusts to 40 mph, according to the weather service's office.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Morris County from 4 to 5.30pm Thursday. Morristown, Dover, Madison, Florham Park, East Hanover, Lincoln Park, Kinnelon, Boonton, Butler, Wharton, Rockaway, Morris Plains, Mendham, Mountain Lakes, Riverdale, Chester, and Victory Gardens are among the hazards listed in this storm cell. ( was reported by a Twitter user in Whippany.)
The National Weather Service said a severe thunderstorm will reach areas of Bergen, Essex, and eastern Passaic counties until 5:15 p.m., with wind gusts up to 50 mph.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Gloucester County and northwestern sections of Salem County in South Jersey, effective until 5:30 p.m. Wind gusts might reach 60 mph, causing damage to roofs, siding, trees, and power lines.
Warning for a severe Thunderstorm in Philadelphia PA, Wilmington DE, and Norristown PA is open until 5:30 PM EDT.
Strong thunderstorms were expected to wind up in eastern Bergen County, eastern Essex County, Hudson County, and Union County until 6 p.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for all of Burlington and Camden counties, along with the north-central Gloucester County, until 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Wind gusts are increasing as high as 60 mph.
Update: At 5:30 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties, effective Thursday. Wind gusts are as high as 60 mph and little hail.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Burlington County and northeastern Ocean County, effective at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
Warning on a Severe Thunderstorm including Trenton NJ, New Brunswick NJ, and Perth Amboy NJ is until 6:15 PM EDT.
Camden NJ, Lindenwold NJ, and Collingswood NJ are warned to get a Severe Thunderstorm before 6:15 PM EDT.
Warning on the Severe Thunderstorm including Morristown NJ, Dover NJ, and Florham Park NJ will be released until around 5:00 PM EDT.
Storms are forming along a cold front that will be spreading across the state, and officials say the front might trigger heavy downpours and a small hail.
A few thunderstorms shook the area of Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania shortly before 3 p.m., and forecasters said those were part of a string of storms expected to fall across New Jersey in the next few hours.
On Thursday, April 14, forecasters from the National Weather Service's regional office in New York say the most significant threat for strong thunderstorms in northeastern New Jersey and New York City is from the mid-afternoon to early evening.
Forecasters argue that summer-like temperatures with some areas of New Jersey reaching the upper 80s early Thursday afternoon might cause the atmosphere to destabilize, thereby bolstering the strength of thunderstorms that develop Thursday evening.
Temperatures at Sicklerville in Camden County rose by 9:30 a.m. Thursday, while mercury at 2 p.m. in Berkeley Township and Toms River in Ocean County.
According to data from the. Temperature maps for several areas of Bergen, Hudson, Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties, they are approaching 85 to 86 degrees. That's about 20 degrees warmer than normal for April 14.
According to the National Weather Service's regional office, mercury climbed to 88 degrees at Newark Liberty International Airport at about 2:45 p.m.
This is just a step back: Newark Airport has TIED its daily high for April 14. The temperature has risen to 88 this afternoon, according to the. In 1941, the previous record was set.
Cooler weather is on the way.
As skies clear, summer-like weather will not last long. After thunderstorms wind down Thursday night, lows are predicted to fall into the 40s overnight.
Friday will be a pleasant day, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s before a partially cloudy night, with temperature in the upper 40s and lower 50s.
On Saturday, New Jersey will have another chance of rain, with forecasters calling for hot afternoon showers. Otherwise, we'll have partly sunny skies and showers in the 60s.
Despite the rain, Easter Sunday will be cooler. Highs in the upper 50s will stay on the cooler side early next week, with highs expected to not climb above the 50s.
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Jeff Goldman, a staff member of NJ Advance Media, contributed to this report.
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