By CBS3 Staff


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Strong to severe storms are expected to hit the region on Thursday afternoon into the evening.

A flash flood warning was issued until 7:15 p.m. for the following areas: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth and Salem Counties in New Jersey; and Bucks County in Pennsylvania. Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and New Castle County in Delaware are under a flash flood warning until 6:45 p.m.

Parts of the region could see 60 mph winds and penny-sized hail.

By the afternoon, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware will be under a slight risk of severe weather. Strong to severe storms will occur after 2 p.m. into the evening hours.

A flash flood watch is also in effect for most of the area until 1 a.m. Friday.

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The greatest threat is damaging winds, but heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

Wet roads and heavy rainfall will impact your commute home during the evening, so make sure to plan accordingly and drive safe.

By Friday, expect a mix of sun and clouds as temperatures near 80 degrees. Dew points will be lower than Thursday, initiating comfortable conditions.

Starting Friday, we will have a dry, sunny weekend, which is a perfect start to summer.