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July 4, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
It could rain on parades, parties or concerts on Independence Day, with two systems threatening to produce thunderstorms across the area. By evening, though, the threat should fade, so fireworks seem likely to be spared, said meteorologist Dean Iovino of the National Weather Service. Storms are by no means a sure bet, however. The official forecast pegs the odds of any precipitation at just 40 percent. The only certainty is the heat: mid 90s today and Wednesday, upper 90s Thursday to Saturday, low 90s Sunday.
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June 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITERS
Even bad weather steps aside for Queen Bey. A thunderstorm promising heavy rains, lightning, winds, and hail instead hustled offstage in a matter of minutes Sunday evening, leaving cloudy but dry skies for tens of thousands who gathered at Lincoln Financial Field for Beyoncé's Formation World Tour. The storm knocked out power for about 10,000 Peco customers, a large cluster of whom were in Chester County. It may have contributed to a car crash in Montgomery County, and it took out tree branches in Camden County, but across the region emergency responders reported relatively little harm done.
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June 20, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ERIC MENCHER
Visitors to the Liberty Bell took shelter in the pavilion on Independence Mall as rain beat down yesterday afternoon. More thunderstorms are expected later this week.
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July 27, 1991 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / BONNIE WELLER
The makings for shelter in Center City include cardboard and plastic for pedestrians helpless in thunderstorms yesterday. Today's forecast includes more showers, with cloudiness and occasional sunny breaks.
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August 2, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
August begins with another round of July-like weather, with thunderstorms expected today, followed by a possible heat wave - and more thunderstorms. "Heat index values, particularly in urban areas, could approach 100 degrees Friday through Sunday," according to the National Weather Service. Today, showers and thunderstorms could develop by midday, with "gusty winds and heavy downpours" possible. The threat could continue through the afternoon rush hour, but should diminish by nightfall.
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June 10, 1995 | GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS
Conrad Wright, 17, of Kensington, sprays his pal Robert Infusino, 18, from the back of the turtle sculpture in the Logan Square fountain yesterday as temperatures reached the low 80s. Today, temperatures are expected to be in the range of 75 to 80 with a chance of thunderstorms.
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July 3, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphians can expect warm and sunny weather for Fourth of July festivities, but some thunderstorms could bookend the long weekend. The temperature is forecast to reach the mid- to high-80s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny or partly sunny skies are expected Saturday, Sunday and the bulk of Monday, forecasters said. But the holiday weekend could kick off with potentially strong thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.
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July 27, 2016 | Staff Report
As if the steam-bath heat wasn't enough, the National Weather Service has added a severe-thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Monday for the entire region, along with the excessive heat warning in effect until 6 p.m. Heat-index values could reach 105 Monday afternoon, said Lance Franck, meteorologist at weather service's Mount Holly office. At 1 p.m. the official reading at Philadelphia International Airport was 91, with a heat index of 100. In addition, the government's Storm Prediction Center sees a "slight risk" that thunderstorms could reach "severe" criteria - that's with winds of 58 m.p.h.
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July 3, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphians can expect warm and sunny weather for Fourth of July festivities, but some thunderstorms could bookend the long weekend. The temperature is forecast to reach the mid- to high-80s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny or partly sunny skies are expected Saturday, Sunday and the bulk of Monday, forecasters said. But the holiday weekend could kick off with potentially strong thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.
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June 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITERS
Even bad weather steps aside for Queen Bey. A thunderstorm promising heavy rains, lightning, winds, and hail instead hustled offstage in a matter of minutes Sunday evening, leaving cloudy but dry skies for tens of thousands who gathered at Lincoln Financial Field for Beyoncé's Formation World Tour. The storm knocked out power for about 10,000 Peco customers, a large cluster of whom were in Chester County. It may have contributed to a car crash in Montgomery County, and it took out tree branches in Camden County, but across the region emergency responders reported relatively little harm done.
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June 27, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. for Southeastern Pennsylvania and all of South Jersey. The watch means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms with hail and gusting winds of up to 50 knots (58 m.p.h.). Severe thunderstorms also can produce tornadoes, the NWS says.
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June 25, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. for Southeastern Pennsylvania and most of New Jersey. A maintenence worker at the Glen Mills School in Delaware County was taken to the hospital as a precaution when a nearby lighting strike left him feeling "tingly," officials said. A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms containing hail one-inch or larger and wind gusts of up to 58 m.p.h. Severe thunderstorms also can produce tornadoes.
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June 14, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
A feared second wave of thunderstorms Thursday veered south of the Philadelphia region, drenching parts of South Jersey early in the evening before heading out to sea. There was enough rain to halt play briefly at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club for the second time in a day. Overall, however, the forecasts turned out to be far more menacing than the actual weather. Through 8 p.m., only 0.46 of an inch of rain had been measured officially at Philadelphia International Airport, well below the one to two inches in the forecast.
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June 14, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
Strong storms are hammering parts of South Jersey this evening, and a fresh round of rain has halted play at the U.S. Open in Merion. Overall, however, the forecasts turned out to be far-more menancing than the actual weather. Through 6 p.m., only 0.4 inches of rain had been measured officially at Philadelphia International Airport, well below the 1 to 2 inches in the forecast. Emergency officials and utilities had been bracing for a second wave of thunderstorms, after the first set roared across region, knocking out power to thousands and drenching everything in its path.
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September 27, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rain could fall in the Philadelphia area every day through Monday, suggesting Phillies and Eagles fans should dress accordingly. Temperatures should remain fairly normal for the next week, with highs in the 70s and lows mostly in the upper 50s. Today could be the warmest day for a week, with a high in the upper 70s and a low in the low 60s. The odds of rain vary widely, with the highest at 60 percent for Friday and Friday night. Those are the only periods when rain is considered "likely," according to the National Weather Service.
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September 22, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cold front could bring some rain and even thunderstorms starting Saturday afternoon. That's the one gloomy stretch in what seems likely to be another week of nice weather, with highs in the 70s under dry skies every day but Saturday. So far, the chance on Saturday seems to be slight for anything like the heavy rain and strong gusts that knocked out power for tens of thousands around the region Tuesday afternoon and evening. In Philadelphia, cloudy but dry skies Saturday morning could last into midafternoon or even evening, when the chance of rain rises to 60 percent.
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August 18, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The region could be in for a spell of fair skies and pleasantly warm temperatures - after a somewhat stormy start to the weekend. After a high in the upper 80s today, showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight, mainly after 11 p.m. A half-inch of rain is possible, with thunderstorms threatening to add more. The threat of rain continues Saturday morning, with clearing likely to begin by 10 a.m. in Philadelphia, even earlier at the Shore. The northern and western suburbs might see showers linger longer, but the odds of any Saturday rain are only about 30 percent.
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