A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the entire state as New Jersey deals with extreme heat and humidity and then the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur before a return to sunshine for most of the long weekend.
Thunderstorm clouds arrive in Manasquan (Joe Palmer, Townsquare Media NJ)
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causing arrival delays at Newark, JFK, LaGuardia and Philadelphia airports of at least 2 hours Heat Advisoryhas New Jersey and the northeast at "slight risk" for storms with damaging winds and occasional hail along with heavy downpours.
Satellite view of Tropical Storm Arthur off the Georgia coast on Thursday evening (NHC)
Late Wednesday afternoon, Arthur was about 355 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and moving north about 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicted it would grow to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of at least 74 mph Thursday. Mandatory evacuations on Outer Banks' Hatteras Island started on Wednesday night.
An updated NWS brief on Arthur
Kasper expects Arthur to strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday and continue its trek up the coast before turning  toward the north  off the Outer Banks of North Carolina staying well to the south of New Jersey on Friday with "minimal impact" for the Jersey Shore. Both Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with temperatures in the 80s. The only lingering effect of the storm will be a high risk of rip currents for the entire weekend.

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Dino Flammia contributed to this report.

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