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June 23, 2017

Lots of rain, heat and humidity expected throughout weekend

It's not all bad: Blue skies and sunshine in forecast for rest of week

Your plans to head to the park followed by throwing a few dogs on the grill this weekend will have to be postponed.

Forecasters are predicting for Friday and Saturday to be a bit of a wash-out, clearing up Sunday and making way for a sunny rest of the week.

Showers are expected across the region Friday, bringing in thunderstorms and heavy rainfall mostly before 1 p.m. As much as a quarter of an inch of rain could accumulate, according to the National Weather Service's Mt. Holly office.

It won't be comfortable, either. Friday's high is expected to climb up to 86 degrees before dropping to 75 at night, when more rain and thunder is expected to roll across Philadelphia after 3 a.m., possibly bringing in an additional half an inch of accumulation and could lead to flooding

The story doesn't get much better Saturday. Storms should continue mostly before noon, bringing another inch of rainfall. Saturday's mercury will climb to 87 degrees while Saturday night will be much more pleasant with clear skies and a high of 68 degrees. 

Some of the weekend's uncomfortable weather will be caused by Tropical Storm Cindy moving up from the Gulf Coast and into the Northeast, according to AccuWeather forecasters. Cooler and drier conditions are expected in western Pennsylvania, while Philadelphia will stay sticky. 

"People traveling in these areas should anticipate weather-related delays," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek in a Friday morning report.

Those park plans could be moved to Sunday when the rain will clear out making way for sunny skies and a high near 83 degrees before dipping to a cool 62 at night.

The rest of the week looks pretty clear, too. Monday will be sunny with a high of 80 degrees and low of 62 degrees at night while some warm showers and storms are expected to trickle across the region around lunchtime Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday's forecast call for sunshine and highs in the 80s.

Check out the rest of the week's forecast from the National Weather Service here