Good Thursday morning, South Jersey! Today can be called "deceptively calm", especially when you consider that a low pressure system is less than a day away from giving us a bit of rainfall (Not to mention our first real chance for those proverbial April showers). For the time being, however, high pressure remains in control for the day today, but cloud cover will increase through the evening and towards sunset. Highs today should still be able to reach the low 50s on the mainland, while the coast stays about five degrees cooler. Winds will start out from the northwest but shift to the south (a telltale sign of bad weather in most cases) at 5 to 10mph. Cloud cover thickens and spreads over the region tonight, but showers won't arrive until after the midnight hour. Lows will trend about 10 or so degrees warmer than last night, with many locations in the mid 30s to near 40...the latter being more prevalent along the coast. Winds remain light and out of the south before picking up slightly for the morning on Friday. Speaking of the end of the work week, rain will be likely through the morning, but conditions will improve by the afternoon. In terms of rainfall amounts...the closer you are to the coast, the more you can expect to see. Either way, have the umbrellas ready tomorrow morning, but high temperatures will rebound nicely into the mid 50s. Upper 50s are possible if we clear out sooner and get a little last second sunshine.
High pressure returns for the weekend and stays with us into the start of the next work week. Both Saturday and Sunday, while slightly below average, will be sunny and pleasant. Highs will range in the mid 50s to start, but upper 50s are possible again on Sunday. Once the next work week starts, the warm-up truly begins. A frontal boundary just to our north stalls, and the placement of this front is key for what kind of warm air we see. If it remains further north, then we are able to tap into more robust warm air. A more southerly approach, and we warm up, but not nearly as much as possible. For now, Monday through Wednesday will split the difference with highs in the low to mid 60s. This frontal boundary will also act as a track for any disturbances, and it does appear that some showers arrive for the middle of next week.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt