Good morning and welcome to the middle of the week, South Jersey! Following yesterday's cold front that dumped anywhere between half an inch to a full inch of rain on the region, we'll have a nice stretch of weather to dry out. The day starts off on a sunnier note today, but cloud cover will increase through the evening hours. Until then, we'll have a great opportunity to warm up into the low 50s once more with a light west wind at 5 to 10mph. The cloud cover comes with a secondary cold front that will sweep through the area tonight. While this frontal boundary is generally weak, it still has enough cohesion that it may spark a VERY isolated shower right around sunset. Otherwise, you can safely keep the umbrella at home today. Overnight lows tonight will show the onset of some cooler air that moves into the Mid-Atlantic right behind the front. Lows will dip into the low 30s, and winds will also pick up to 10mph out of the west to northwest. From there, high pressure returns for the end of the work week, but it also brings below average temperatures back into the mix. Both Thursday and Friday will remain partly to mostly sunny, but high temperatures will only reach the low to mid 40s on Thursday and mid to upper 40s for the end of the work week.
50 degrees has been hard to come by this month for a high temp, considering our average temperature right now is that very same number. Counting yesterday, we've only seen three days at or above the half century mark (If today's forecasted high verifies, make it four). Granted, we haven't even reached the Ides of March yet, but it does show that we've been in a cool stretch of weather overall. Saturday may be our next chance to hit 50, but we'll have to contend with increased cloud cover that may inhibit any extra warmth as well as rain that moves through in the evening hours. Highs will try to hit 50 before dipping back into the mid 40s for a drier St. Patrick's Day. Once we hit the work week, we watch another low pressure system trek towards the east coast. The exact track and speed remain to be determined as of this posting, but it looks as though there will be plenty of warmer air in place to keep this as an all rain event. High temps through the start of the next work week flirt with 50 degrees once more. Stay posted on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates from Dan and I.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt