Good Tuesday morning to you all, South Jersey! So over the last five days, we have received anywhere between 2.5 and over 4 inches of rain (Depending on your location, of course). After all of that, one would at least hope for some kind of an extended drying period. Well, we sort of get that today. A cold front is still expected to pass through the region today, but there isn't a whole lot of moisture to go with it. There are, however, still some scattered showers that may move through over the course of the morning, but the afternoon looks mainly dry and a bit sunnier...dare we talk about an afternoon stroll on the beach, perhaps? I digress. Skies will hold a healthy mix of sun and clouds overall, with highs in the low 80s on the mainland and mid 70s on the beach with a west wind at 10mph. Humidity and dew point levels, however, will be high. As a result, it will feel a bit muggy out there. Some clouds will hang around later tonight, but we'll at least be a bit cooler than previous night. Lows will, however, remain a bit mild for this time of year; they'll be in the low to mid 60s compared to the average that we usually see of 59 degrees. Our best chance at a full day of dry weather, and also my pick day of the work week, is tomorrow. A weak ridge forms over the Northeast, and we find ourselves in-between two low pressure systems: One leaving and the other on the way (I'll get to that shortly). This will also be our warmest day of the week with highs approaching the mid 80s west of the GSP and near 80 on the coast with a west wind at 10 to 15mph. Again, it may be a little big muggy with forecasted dew points in the low 60s.
That brings us to Thursday. I know yesterday's storm system is very fresh in our minds, but we are already keeping an eye on what could be round 2. An area of low pressure is beginning to form in the Northern Plains, and as it moves eastward it will gain momentum and energy from the warm and moist air to our south. While the exact impacts of this event are unknown, one cannot rule out strong thunderstorms, occasional heavy rain, and windy conditions. As this day draws closer, we'll get a better feel for what exactly we may see. Otherwise, we'll leave it as a general heads-up for showers and thunderstorms with highs near 80 degrees. A few of these showers may linger into Friday morning, but the rest of the day, and the weekend for that matter, look absolutely amazing! High pressure builds into the Northeast from Canada, giving us a cooler, more comfortable air mass. Highs for the three day stretch will range in the upper 70s to low 80s under partly to mostly sunny skies.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt