Good Tuesday morning to you, South Jersey. We're going to keep a close eye on a fast approaching cold front that will sweep through the region over the course of the day today. Ahead of the actual frontal boundary, heavier rain and some rather impressive thunderstorms have been sparking up. We've been quiet so far as of this post, but we aren't completely out of the proverbial woods yet. Dew points are still high, and instability that has remained in the air from yesterday is still lingering. As a result, occasional showers and thunderstorms (Some of them potentially stronger than others) are still likely through the day. Otherwise, we're mostly cloudy and muggy with highs in the low 80s on the mainland and upper 70s to near 80 on the beach with a southwest wind at 10mph. The cold front, and a secondary front behind it, will pass later this evening and towards the midnight hour. Once it does, we'll notice a rather strong difference in the air around us. Dew points will begin to drop, and cooler air will come rushing down from Canada to fill the void. Lows tonight are expected to drop into the low 60s with a west wind at 5 to 10mph. Skies may remain mostly cloudy to start the overnight period, but we'll begin the clearing process towards sunrise.
Once high pressure arrives on Wednesday, we stay dry, sunny, cool, and comfortable through the end of the work week! Dew points also plummet from the low to mid 70s to the low 50s, allowing for it to feel near perfect outside. So your Wednesday through Friday forecast can be lumped together as such: Mostly sunny, cool, and comfortable. Wednesday is breezy, but the other days are calmer. Highs in the upper 70s to near 80 on the mainland and mid to upper 70s on the coast. Winds are out of the northwest at 10 to 20mph to start, calming down to 10mph through Friday. Saturday may end up a bit cloudier than the previous three days depending on how an area of low pressure develops to the south. We'll keep things dry and mostly sunny, though I do think it will get a little bit warmer with a more southerly flow this time. Highs in the low 80s to near 80 on the mainland and coast respectively. By the start of the next calendar week, however, we may need to re-introduce some rain into the mix as that aforementioned low comes up the Carolina coastline. We'll leave it as a chance for showers for now, but this may change for Sunday and Monday. Highs for both days are also in the low 80s.
Stay safe out there, and have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt