Good morning, South Jersey, and Happy Arbor Day as well! Be sure to get outside today and enjoy the beautiful scenery out there courtesy of the trees that have been planted before us, and consider planting one today for future generations to enjoy. You can't ask for better weather to do either activity today! With a strong core of high pressure in place over much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, cloud cover will be hard to find. We'll see ample sunshine today and warm up quite nicely as well. Highs should reach the mid to upper 60s on the mainland and low to mid 60s on the coast with a northwest wind at 5 to 10mph. There won't be too much of a sea breeze today, but that changes starting tomorrow. We have one more cold night ahead of us, and it's tonight. Lows will drop at a decent clip with the key ingredients to a cold night: Clear skies, dry air, and little to no wind. Lows in the mid to upper 30s on the mainland (Patchy frost isn't impossible in the Pinelands...) while coastal points stay in the low 40s. A stronger sea breeze emerges on Saturday, so while everyone is still sunny and pleasant, the coast will be a bit cooler this time around. Beaches will see 60 degrees while locales west of the GSP climb back into the mid 60s...perfect weather either way for Bay Fest!
We remain dry through the day on Sunday, but cloud cover begins to creep back into the picture through the night. It's still no excuse to not get outside, however, with highs mimicking what we'll see on Saturday. Come Monday, however, that's when things begin to change. There has been a decent bit of flip-flopping by the models on the positioning of an area of low pressure to start the next work week. At first, it looked like some rain, then there was a balk, and now we're back to square one. Based on the last few days, I'm going back to the idea of a chance of rainfall late Monday night and into the day on Tuesday. If it does rain and we cloud up more, highs will struggle to reach the low 60s. At the same time, if we end up drier and high pressure holds its ground, we'll get a little warmer than that. For now, I'm staying with the former and holding temperatures in the low 60s with scattered showers possible for both days. The middle of the week does appear to be a nice improvement over the beginning, with sunnier skies and temperatures back in the mid 60s.
Have a great day and a fantastic weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt