Heat expected to break, rain moving in

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EYEWITNESS WEATHER CENTER (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — We have two big weather stories for the next several hours. First, scattered showers and storms will move across central and eastern PA. Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect.

The main threats are torrential downpours, flash flooding, strong wind, and hail. These storms will weaken later this evening and overnight.

The second big weather story is the heat. It will remain hot and humid this evening with feels-like temperatures in the 90s, if not near 100. The good news is that these storms and associated cold front will bring changes, gradually, tonight and tomorrow.

For most of the night, it will stay warm and muggy with lows near 70. Thursday won’t be nearly as humid and it will be cooler. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 70s.

The aforementioned front will stall out south of us Thursday. An area of low pressure will move along this front with another opportunity for rain and, perhaps, a rumble of thunder. You can expect this scenario to repeat itself on Friday with additional showers in the forecast. Friday’s highs will be in the lower and middle 70s.

Clouds will mix with some sun on Saturday. However, scattered showers will develop during the day. Highs will be in the lower 70s. At this point, it looks like the clouds will have a better chance to break for some sun on the Fourth of July. Having said that, a few showers are possible in the afternoon. Right now, it wants to be dry Sunday evening for fireworks.

Temperatures will climb into the middle and upper 80s early next. There is the chance of a shower on Monday and again, Tuesday night into Wednesday. 

If you must be outside for an extended time, early morning or late evening is better especially for strenuous activities.

For tips to keep pets healthy and safe during the hot weather, the ASPCA has a few suggestions on their website.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends workers to to drink plenty of water and have frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

They also tell us heat related illnesses can affect anyone regardless of age and physical health.

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