Clearing Out After Lightning-Filled Night

(credit: Steve Lindsay)

(credit: Steve Lindsay)

By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After severe storms rumbled through the Delaware Valley Wednesday evening (including over 12,000 lightning strikes!), things have quieted down.

Lightning Count:
(Cloud To Ground)
4PM-6PM: 3,500
6PM-8PM: 7,500
8PM-10PM: 1,300
TOTAL: 12,300

Despite a few lingering showers and some clouds early today, we do expect conditions to improve later in the day on Thursday with the passage of the most recent cold front. Temperatures will be warm in the mid 80s, but the humidity will begin to break, so it will feel much more comfortable; the A/C might not be necessary tonight, with a low around 64 in the city and even cooler in outlying areas.

The clouds will linger a little longer along the shore, so it won’t be a great beach day. If you are planning a sea-side dinner though, conditions should be good later on, as well as for Orr at the Shore! Kathy will be in Stone Harbor later today, be sure to stop down and say hello, or check it out here on CBS Philly.

Friday will be an absolutely fantastic day, warm and sunny with low humidity. Saturday looks good as well, but the heat will be trending upward. Sunday will be steamy with scattered thunderstorms around. A disturbance will move through Sunday night into Monday, bringing some cooler weather once again for next week.

Today’s Highs:
Philly — 86
Shore — 79
Poconos — 77

Phillies vs. Giants @ 1:05pm — 80, Lingering clouds, breaks of sun

Today In Weather History:
1803 — A tornado touched down during the evening in Salem Co, NJ, injuring 5 people.
1975 — Evening thunderstorms produced flooding across eastern PA. Lehighton in Carbon Co received 3.7″ of rain.

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