Philadelphia: Hurricane Arthur to Threaten July Fourth Festivities

By Katy Galimberti, Staff Writer
July 4, 2014; 3:40 AM ET
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Hurricane Arthur in the Atlantic will have an unwelcome impact on Philadelphia for part of Independence Day this Friday.

The hurricane will travel up the East coast Thursday into Friday, inducing heavy rain and creating rough surf conditions.

How quickly the weather clears on Friday around Philadelphia and vicinity will depend on the exact track and speed of the tropical system.

"If the tropical system takes a northeastward turn late in the week, as we suspect, rain and thunderstorms will begin to shift eastward and out to sea Friday afternoon and evening so that the weather improves for fireworks Friday night from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City," AccuWeather Long-Range Expert Paul Pastelok said.

Localized flooding downpours and gusty thunderstorms will hit the Philadelphia area leading up to the holiday. After hitting their highest mark of the summer so far on Wednesday, temperatures will gradually trend downward into Friday. The high Wednesday was 95 F.

For those heading to Jersey beaches, Arthur will create strong rip currents and rough surf into Saturday, but the weather will improve dramatically over the weekend with sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will bring much lower humidity.

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As of Tuesday, the National Weather Service had already released a rip current risk for area beaches. The NWS describes rip currents as powerful channels of quickly flowing water. Heed advice from lifeguards and beach officials about swimming conditions and remain vigilant if hoping to spend time in the surf during one of the most popular beach weekends of the year.

The sun will reappear heading into next week, and temperatures will be on par with averages in the mid-80s.


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