By Justin Drabick

A cold front has stalled out north of the Delaware Valley allowing for a warm air mass to move into the region.

There was plenty of sunshine around this morning and afternoon which allowed temperatures to surge into the 80s for some impressive afternoon highs. No records were broken but this was the warmest Easter Sunday in Philadelphia since 1976 when it was 93 degrees. The summer like weather will continue through the middle of the week before the next cold front moves through.

With the cold front nearby, the afternoon heating fired up some showers and storms across the region. A severe thunderstorm watch went into effect but was cancelled early. The storms contained heavy downpours and even some small hail was reported in some areas.

Allentown officially reported pea size hail in one of the storms. Showers and storms will continue through late evening and then move offshore. A couple of showers and storms are possible on Monday north of Philadelphia but are more likely to return Wednesday night and Thursday with the approach of the cold front.

Here are today’s high temperatures:

Philadelphia: 84

Atlantic City: 84

Dover: 83

Wilmington: 82

Trenton: 82

Reading: 80

Allentown: 78

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