Heat, rip current risk from Arthur usher in July 4th holiday along New Jersey shore

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Sticky summer heat and a rip current risk from Tropical Storm Arthur are ushering in the Fourth of July holiday along the New Jersey shore.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday for Somerset, Middlesex, western Monmouth, Mercer, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties.

Forecasters say temperatures in the 90s will combine with humidity to make it feel like it's 100 degrees.

There's a slight risk of thunderstorms Wednesday. But Arthur could increase the risk of heavy downpours later in the week depending on the storm's track.

Swimmers should use caution because Arthur is expected to boost the risk of rip currents through the holiday weekend.

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