After a fairly active morning, I, like many other in the Delaware Valley, was rudely awaken by some quick moving thunderstorms. Almost constant lightning, strong gusty winds and driving rain with hail burst through the Philadelphia metro and southeast towards the shore. Some areas around the region did see some severe weather including a 50 mph wind gust in Philadelphia, 60 mph in Spring City. Hail up to an inch in Havertown and West Chester and three-quarters of an in Dublin, Bucks County. After the storms moved out, the area really heated up as we continue into the second day in the 90's.
Tonight will be warm and muggy under mostly clear skies. Temperatures will be in the lower to mid-70's and just generally sticky. Will will be ut of the north at 5 to 10 mph. Much of the same for the start of the weekend. Under hazy sunshine, it'll be hot and humid again. There in a possibility in the evening and into the overnight for showers and thunderstorms. High in the city tomorrow in the mid-90's with some places south and east maybe hitting the century mark. Down the shore, a sea breeze will kick in, and cooling things off there nicely. Winds again will stick out of the north.
Sunday might start soggy, with a few showers or thunderboomers sticking around. After that, slightly cooler, with highs in the lower to mid-90's. Monday will be "cooler" still and a little less humid, with highs around 90-degrees and lows in the lower 70's. Tuesday will again be around 90-degrees and there may be a late thunderstorm, otherwise partly cloudy and still a bit hazy. The big day is Wednesday. Skies will range from partly to mostly cloudy, so the sun will still be around. There may be a thundershower around throughout the day but nothing too big to cancel all Fourth of July outdoor plans. Just keep an eye to the sky. Thursday will be mostly sunny and cooler still with highs in the upper 80's. Ditto for Thursday.
Remember that this weekend is a big weekend for the Philadelphia area. If your going out, be sure to keep hydrated and keep abreast of the weather, since the atmosphere is primed for pop-up thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has published some hot weather safety tips, they can be found here and here.