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By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a line of heavy rain and some strong showers moved through early this morning, things have quieted down for the morning commute. We did have several reports of lightning and wind damage from these storms. Thanks to all of our viewers who sent in their pictures and videos!

The rest of your Thursday will be mainly cloudy with some afternoon showers and thunderstorm, all part of a cold front slowly moving to the south. This will pass through later today and conditions will begin to clear out in the evening. High temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s, certainly much cooler than the last two days.

Skies gradually clear tonight and that sets us up for a fantastic day on Friday. Expect mostly sunny skies and warm but comfortable temperatures in the low 80s to end the work week.

The weekend doesn’t look too bad at the present time. An area of low pressure will pass to the south, bringing with it a slight potential for some precipitation for our area. Saturday features more clouds and an isolated thunderstorm later in the day, but there will also be some sunshine. Sunday looks better as we lose the rain chance and expect more sunshine. The bottom line will be that the further north you are this weekend, the better the weather will be.

Today In Weather History:
1835 — A tornado first reported in Amwell Township (NJ) in Somerset County tore through the center of New Brunswick, killing 5, injuring 40 others, and scattered debris as far as New York City. The tornado provided the first opportunity for scientists to study first hand the track of such a storm.

1934 — A hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico came ashore in Louisiana, then moved northeast and eventually passed over northern Delaware, Philadelphia, and central NJ as an extratropical storm, still packing sustained winds of 45 mph. PHL received 1.70″ of rainfall on the 18th and 19th, and NYC had 1.93″ on the 19th, a daily record. As the storm passed over Philadelphia, the pressure dropped to 29.40″, the 3rd lowest reading ever for June.

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