Good Tuesday morning to you, South Jersey! What happened to Spring??? Our average high temperature is 64 degrees for this time of year, but we only reached 51 at KACY yesterday. Unfortunately, we won't get too much warmer than that today through much of the region. An area of low pressure will continue to move up the coastline and then turn to the east and go out to sea. While I do believe we all stay dry, we won't get rid of this cloud deck through much of the day. Combine that with a strong northeast wind off of a 49 degree ocean, and you have the makings of a rather chilly day on the mainland and coast. Highs will struggle to reach the low to mid 50s with a strong northeast wind at 10 to 20mph...don't forget the locally higher gusts, especially along the beach. Some clearing from west to east will occur tonight as that low moves out to sea, and we see a break in the action. Now for some good news, bad news. The good news: We'll be sunnier to start the day tomorrow, winds will shift to the south, and temperatures will warm into the low to mid 60s for daytime highs. The bad news: A cold front will arrive later that evening, reintroducing cloud cover into the region, some showers will arrive overnight, and temperatures will drop a bit behind that frontal boundary.
Thankfully, the core of high pressure that moves in on Thursday won't bring too much cool air. Highs should still hover around the 60 degree mark for the day with gradually improving conditions. This core of high pressure really takes hold on Friday and Saturday, with both days finally getting that combination of looking and feeling like Spring. Highs climb into the mid 60s for both days, but if I had to choose, Friday would be the pick day. There appears to be some increased cloud cover for the afternoon on Saturday, but we should still remain dry. Our next chance for rain arrives either Sunday night or Monday depending on the timing and strength of another cold front that moves eastward. Highs should hold steady in the mid 60s through the start of the next work week.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt