Good Thursday morning to you, South Jersey! They say that too much of a good thing can turn out to be bad, but when you have this kind of beautiful weather day in and day out, it's rather difficult to find a negative! If there is one to be had, it is the fact that we'll remain dry with only one decent chance for rainfall in the extended forecast, and it doesn't come around until the middle of next week. We ended the month of April down by about an inch for rainfall, so we're somewhat dry already. We'll keep an eye on things to see if any brush fire concerns re-emerge. With that aside, we'll get back to our weather. High pressure remains in place for the day today, and with winds becoming lighter than yesterday, everyone gets a chance to warm up a bit more. Highs should reach the upper 60s west of the GSP (And near 70 the closer you get to Philadelphia) and the low 60s for the coast under mostly sunny skies. A weak back door cold front sweeps through later tonight, but we should only see some cloud cover as a result. Overall, we stay partly to mostly clear with lows in the mid 40s. Winds also calm down a bit, with east winds at 5 to 10mph. The wind returns, and temperatures take a small step backwards behind that back door front. We'll remain partly to mostly sunny with high in the low to mid 60s on the mainland and upper 50s to 60 degrees on the coast.
The weekend still looks as gorgeous now as it did three days ago when it was part of the long term forecast. There is, however, a catch. That core of high pressure over the Northeast and its associated ridge in the jet stream begin to weaken over the course of the weekend. By Sunday, it will begin to lose its hold and slowly drift to the east. This allows for low pressure, which was previously stalled to the west, to regain some momentum and arrive along the east coast by the middle of next week. That's still several days out, so we'll enjoy a beautiful weekend in the meantime. Saturday and Sunday will both be mostly sunny with high in the mid to upper 60s on the mainland and low 60s on the beaches with a light easterly wind. Cloud cover increases Monday evening, but the day itself should remain dry with highs near 70 degrees. At the time, I do think the low pressure system in question will at least be along the coastline, so we'll mention a chance for some scattered showers for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs near 70 once again.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt