New Yorkers may have to batten down the hatches — the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch Friday as the Fourth of July weekend gets underway.


The tornado watch that will be in effect until 10 p.m. was issued as the city is due to be battered with heavy showers and thunderstorms, with wind gusts up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.


Still, there's only a small chance of one touching down in the New York area.


Accuweather senior meteorologist Andy Mussoline said to get inside if the sky goes dark, with thunder and lightning in the distance.

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“Keep an eye and ear to the sky and seek shelter and heed close attention to the warnings issued today,” he said.


Rain may fall between 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., with up to a 60% chance of isolated downpours and thunderstorms.


“Certainly, there’s a threat for any of those storms to bring damaging wind and hail,” Accuweather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said.


But that will be the worst of the weather for the Fourth of July weekend.


Once the clouds part, there will be sunshine and temperatures in the 80s, without the oppressive humidity.


“Our Saturday and Sunday, if you had to give it a rating of 1 to 10, you gotta give it a 10,” Kines said. “It should be superb for outdoor activities.”


On Monday, some humidity will return and temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s.


“It looks like it’ll be a decent day and even a decent evening on the Fourth,” Kines said.


This year has been particularly dry — rainfall in the city so far this year has been nearly 18 inches, about 75% of the normal 24 inches, according to Accuweather. 

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