Good Monday morning, South Jersey. I hope you all enjoyed this past weekend, because, if you did, there's more where that came from. Not only do dry conditions prevail overall for the first four days, but it gets progressively warmer too. All of this is thanks to what we like to call a "Bermuda High". In essence, this is a core of high pressure centered over, you guessed it, Bermuda. Since air around a core of high pressure moves clockwise around the center (compared to counter-clockwise around a low pressure system), we are situated squarely in the return flow sector of this system. So all of our winds will be from the south...be it at the surface or aloft...and that will help bring up plenty of warm air from the Southeast. Today will see highs get close to 70 degrees on the mainland, while coastal points remain about ten degrees cooler due to a developing sea breeze. Winds will be out of the south at 5 to 10mph. A very slight chance for an isolated shower or rumble of thunder is possible tonight as a weak frontal boundary approaches from the west. Otherwise, we remain partly cloudy and mild with lows in the mid 50s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be even warmer with both days featuring partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid 70s at least for the mainland. Wednesday may even see a run at 80 degrees if we get enough sunshine. Again, though, take off about ten degrees for the coastal locations as they hit a sea breeze.
Mid to late week temperatures will be heavily dependent on a back door cold front that will try to surge southward into the day on Thursday. While I have temperatures well into the 70s on Wednesday and in the low 70s on Thursday (for now), this may change depending on the position of this frontal boundary. So there's that little disclaimer for those two days...those high temps may be subject to change. That aside, the cooler air more certainly arrives on Friday as a low pressure system out of Wyoming arrives. Rain will be likely late Thursday night and through the day on Friday with highs "only" reaching the low 60s. The weekend looks sunnier, but also cooler with highs back down to average levels...for those keeping score, that's the upper 50s.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt