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By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thursday won’t be a bad day … you’ll just have to once again keep an eye to the sky during the afternoon hours.

Sun and clouds will mix through the afternoon hours, but daytime heating could trigger a few showers or a thunderstorm later in the day. Temperatures will remain warm — in the mid 80s — but it will feel less humid.

Down at the shore, you will have to deal with more cloud cover and an elevated risk of some showers throughout the day, with highs around 80. The place to be is the Poconos, where sunshine should dominate with only a slight risk of an afternoon passing storm, also around 80.

Our listless cold front continues to take its time moving out to sea, but we expect conditions on Friday and Saturday to be mainly dry with sun and clouds. There will be an outside chance of a passing shower each day, especially to the north and west, but the first half of the weekend looks nice. Temperatures will be warm as well, in the mid to upper 80s. A deep upper level trough will dig in to the Great Lakes region over the weekend, and a series of fronts will approach as early as Sunday afternoon, potentially setting off some thunderstorms as the weekend winds down. The active weather will continue to start the work week, with some clearing out and cooling off by next Wednesday.

Today In Weather History:
1926 — A lightning bolt struck an ammunition magazine in Lake Denmark, NJ, and a big red ball of fire leaped into the air triggering a series of explosions. All buildings within 1/2 mile radius were destroyed, and debris fell as far as 22 miles away. 16 were killed, and property damage was $70 million.
1936 — Afternoon highs of 112 degrees at Martinsburg WV, 109 degrees at Cumberland, MD and Frederick, MD, 110 degrees at Runyon, NJ, and 111 degrees, for the 2nd day in a row at Phoenixville, PA, established all-time record highs for those 4 states. It was the hottest day of record for the Mid Atlantic Coast region. The temperature at Philadelphia reached 104 degrees, the highest July reading since official records began in 1870.

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