Good morning, South Jersey, and Thank Goodness It's Friday! This morning's rain is just about coming to a close as of this posting, and the drying process will begin shortly thereafter. Cloud cover, however, lingers through the early afternoon before clearer skies return for the afternoon. Temperatures will rebound quite nicely once we begin the clearing process, with everyone taking part in highs in the upper 50s to 60 degrees thanks to an offshore wind at 10 to 15mph...perfect weather for the Phillies home opener at 4pm today! I digress. A mostly clear and calm night is ahead of us as high pressure nudges in from the northwest. Lows tonight drop into the mid 30s with a calmer northwest wind. The first half of the weekend begins on a cooler note, but this cooler air won't last long. Either way, we'll see mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 50s on the mainland and upper 40s on the coast as a sea breeze develops over the course of the day. Winds outside of the sea breeze will be out of the north at first (before shifting to the south later in the day) at 5 to 10mph. Once the wind shift occurs, we begin to see temperatures rise again. High pressure moves off the coast, and we fall under the influence of the return flow once again. Southerly winds aloft will also help bring up some warmer air for Sunday. Another run at 60 is possible on the mainland, but the southerly winds act as a sea breeze for coastal locations...they'll run about five to ten degrees cooler.
Once we begin the next work week, all eyes are on a stalled fontal boundary that drapes itself over the Northeast. The question here is this: How far north will this boundary be? If it is further north, then highs for Monday and Tuesday will soar well into the 60s. If it is a bit further south, then 60s will still be likely...just not as far up into that range. Either way, both days will remain mostly dry and at least partly sunny. Once this front begins to sag slowly to the south, some instability comes with it. Scattered showers are possible along this frontal boundary from late Tuesday night into Thursday. Speaking of Thursday (and Wednesday for that matter), Both days will be cooler than the previous two days with cooler air filtering southward. There is a high "bust" factor with respect to temperatures over the last three days of this forecast. It all hinges on where that stationary front situates itself and how it behaves. As a result, temperatures from Tuesday to Thursday are highly subject to change, and Dan and I will keep you posted on that.
Have a great weekend, and Go Phillies!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt