WEATHER WARNING: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Counties Burlington, Camden and Gloucester until 4:00 PM; Monmouth & Ocean Counties until 4:30 p.m. Wind gusts and hail are possible.
News 12 Meteorologists track severe thunderstorms hitting the state.
The danger of storms is that smoke from forest fires in the west creates air quality problems in the Garden State. Forecasters say smoke from forest fires in the west could have an impact on potential thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms are said to last into the evening hours. The storms are expected to hit primarily the southern coastal areas of the state with heavy rainfall.
There is a high risk of heavy rain and noxious winds, a medium risk of flash floods, and a low risk of tornadoes.
Temperatures will drop into the low 60s overnight with clear skies. Conditions will be less humid.
The storms are expected to resolve by Thursday, followed by sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s.
Friday will be mostly dry, but it can rain a little in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the lower 80s.
Saturday should be sunny and warm, with temperatures around the 80s.
Sunday starts sunny, but it can rain in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the high 80s.
UNCERTAINTY: The forest fire smoke that is currently creating our poor air quality could be responsible for preventing the thunderstorms from forming. Many weather models may not take the smoke into account, which could change the reality of the forecast. When these particles are present in the atmosphere, they meteorologically attenuate the sun’s intensity, which is needed to generate the energy and heat required for severe weather, high clouds and thunderstorms. When the haze and smoke are thick enough, the air cannot react to the sun to create these large clouds.