Thunderstorms capable of causing flash flooding will continue to occasionally cross the New York City area during Labor Day.
Runoff from one such thunderstorm forced police to close an intersection in Ridgewood, N.J., Sunday morning.
Motorists should prepare for similar incidents and the resultant delays on area streets, highways, expressways and interstates as the holiday weekend progresses and additional drenching thunderstorms arrive.
Not every thunderstorm will lead to flooding, but the threat is present for localized problems to occur.
Even where flash flooding does not ensue, the downpours will bring reduced visibility and a heightened risk of vehicles hydroplaning to motorists.
Airline passengers at the city's three major airports may also encounter delays and headaches.
Those with outdoor plans should prepare to move inside for a time or make indoor alternatives. Officials may be forced to temporarily halt play at the U.S. Open in Flushing.
The good news is that there will still be rain-free intervals through Labor Day.
Residents and visitors should just stay alert for changing weather and seek shelter when storm-related warnings are issued or thunder is heard. For the latter, you are then close enough to get struck by lightning.
While lightning and flooding downpours are the greatest concerns from the thunderstorms through Labor Day, an isolated number producing damaging winds and hail cannot be ruled out.
Steamy air in place across the Northeast and the New York City area is setting the stage for the heavy thunderstorms.
A cold front will gradually sweep away the steamy air on Tuesday, leading to another shower or two this day and giving way to a dry, seasonable and less humid day for Wednesday.
The recent unsettled weather across the United Kingdom will continue this weekend impacting several outdoor events.
A wet start to the weekend will give way to a pleasant day on Sunday as drier air builds in from the west.
Millions of Americans will be disappointed as the recent dry weather and high risk for wildfires across the western United States has put firework bans into effect.
Thunderstorms may disrupt July Fourth activities in parts of the central and eastern United States.
While downpours could come calling at the start and finish of the July Fourth weekend in the northeastern United States, the vast majority of the time will be dry.
Before air conditioning existed, people had to be creative when trying to stay comfortable in sweltering conditions.
Savannah, GA (1999)
6.60" of rain.
Southern Plains (2007)
Heavy and frequent rainfall continued. Oklahoma City had a 17th straight day of rain, with 10 inches total for the month. Normal is just over 4.5 inches for the entire month. Houston, TX had 19 days of rain so far in June totalling 5.47 inches, slightly ahead of the normal 5.35 inches. Dallas, TX also had 19 days of rain so far, totally 11.01 inches, normal for the month is 3.23 inches. Wichita Falls, TX had 21 days of rain, bringing 7.82 inches, the monthly normal is 3.69 inches.
Dramatic cooling behind a cold front from the 28th to the 29th. Philadelphia dropped from 89 to 77. Boston fell from 92 to 77, Providence from 92 to 74, and Portland, ME from 89 to 73. Atlantic City, NJ dropped from 93 to 76.