BY STEVE DiMARTINO
A weakening cold front will bring the threat for showers and thunderstorms to the region this afternoon, however before the rain starts to fall, temperatures will warm into the 60's and 70's for highs Tuesday afternoon. An active and volatile weather pattern will continue into this weekend and early next week.
A cold front will produce widely scattered to isolated showers and thunderstorms over the region Tuesday afternoon and evening. Ahead of the cold front, clouds will increase with winds from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph. Temperatures will rise into the upper 60's to lower 70's over much of the region, lower to mid 60's along the immediate coast and Long Island for highs Tuesday afternoon. The showers and thunderstorms will be capable of wind gusts up to 40 mph, occasional lightning, heavy downpours, and localized urban flooding.