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Storms to Sweep Through NYC, Philly Thursday

A cold front swinging across the northeastern United States will bring the threat of heavy, drenching thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.

Additionally, this front will bring a bit of relief from the stifling heat and humidity that built up over the region during the first half of the week.

People across the Northeast can expect another hot and muggy start to the day ahead of the storms with temperatures one again making a run toward 90 F from Baltimore to Boston.

This will change later on Thursday as thunderstorms develop over the Appalachian Mountains and push eastward into the Interstate 95 corridor.

"Thursday is the type of day in the Northeast, where the morning may feel worst than the evening as the less humid air works in," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

The cold front responsible for producing these storms will not be strong enough to cause widespread severe weather, but some of the storms may still produce gusty winds and flooding downpours.

New York City and Albany, New York; Philadelphia; Trenton, New Jersey; and New Haven, Connecticut, are just a handful of cities that could receive a drenching thunderstorm ahead of the cold front.

Travel may be slowed for a time as the storms roll though, especially if they hit during the heart of rush hour.

Stay ahead of the storms by using AccuWeather MinuteCast® MinuteCast® can tell you when the rain will start for your exact location down to the minute.

Although temperatures will not drop all that much on Friday in the wake of the cold front, the more noticeable difference will be the drop in humidity.

AccuWeather.com RealFeel® Temperatures could be 10 to 20 degrees lower than they were earlier in the week due to the drop in humidity levels.

The passage of this cold front will also set the stage for the new weather pattern heading into August.

"The weather during the first part of August will still be warm enough for swimming most days along the Atlantic Seaboard but perhaps on the cool side around the Great Lakes," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

This new pattern should also bring more dry days then wet ones across the Northeast. On days where it does rain, the shower and thunderstorm activity is likely to be minimal, only causing temporary disruptions in an otherwise dry day.