Good morning to you, South Jersey, and not only can we say T.G.I.F, but we can also say hello (Officially) to Summer! You simply couldn't ask for a better start to the season, and it comes due to a strong and large core of high pressure that has parked itself over the Northeast. Its current position also gives us an additional bonus: Comfortable conditions. Since we're still on the eastern half of this system, we fall under the influence of a northerly to easterly wind flow off the cooler ocean. That means less humidity for all of us! So the day today will remain sunny and dry...the exact same way that we ended the Spring season. Highs will reach the 80 degree mark on the mainland while the beaches remain in the low to mid 70s with a light easterly wind at 5 to 10mph. High pressure will slowly drift to the southeast, but that doesn't mean our weather will chance too much. We remain clear and dry tonight, but we won't be as chilly. Lows will fall into the upper 50s to low 60s with a southeast wind at 5 to 10mph. The first weekend of the Summer season looks to pick up where today leaves off. Sunny skies remain in place, but there are two differences in the forecast. The first is the temperature. We gradually begin a warming process over the course of the weekend, with Saturday being the cooler of the two days. While both days are sunny, Saturday has highs in the low 80s on the mainland while Sunday climbs into the mid 80s. The coast remains in the mid 70s for Saturday and Sunday with the aid of a southeasterly wind at 5 to 10mph.
The second difference becomes more noticeable on Sunday: Humidity levels. Saturday still appears to remain comfortable, but the mugginess that we associate with Summer starts to rise on Sunday. Dew points are forecasted to be well into the upper 60s, making it feel rather uncomfortable when coupled with the expected warmth early next week. Speaking of that, high pressure will continue its push to the ocean to kick off the first full week of Summer, and as it does, we'll notice a shift in our winds from the east to the south and southwest. That will act as a perfect channel for warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico to run up the coastline and into our backyard. Monday and Tuesday still appear to remain dry, but when you factor the humidity into the equation, the forecasted highs of near 90 degrees for both days will feel a good deal warmer. The same applies for Wednesday, but we'll also keep an eye on a backdoor cold front that will push down from north to south. We may see an isolated thunderstorm on Wednesday with another run towards 90 degrees, but the better chance for unsettled weather appears to fall on Thursday (For now). Timing of this front is a bit tricky at the moment, but there is still plenty of time to iron out that particular detail. Either way, be sure to stay hydrated this weekend and next week as the temperatures climb.
Have a great weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt