Good Wednesday morning to you, South Jersey, and Happy Hump Day as well! As the saying goes, "What a difference a day makes". At this point yesterday, we were keeping a very close eye on some rather volatile weather racing through the region. Between heavy rain, very strong winds, and even reports of a tornado in Ocean County, it was certainly a very eventful day to say the least...at least for northern and central parts of the region. The lower cape saw next to nothing from yesterday's event, but everyone saw some showers move through the area last night. Today, however, will be a much different story. High pressure out of the Midwest will push last night's cold front out of the area and usher in a much cooler and calmer air mass. This is also a rather expansive area of high pressure, so its effects will be felt over a large area for several days...beginning with today. Skies will become mostly sunny after any residual cloud cover leaves the coast, but it will also be rather breezy. Highs will only reach the upper 70s on the mainland and coast with a strong northwest wind at 15 to 20mph. Localized gusts of 25mph are possible as well. Winds calm down overnight as we get ready for the first of several chilly nights. Skies remain mostly clear, allowing for some rather impressive cooling to occur. Lows will drop well into the low 50s in the Pinelands and low to mid 50s elsewhere with a light north wind at 5 to 10mph.
As I said earlier, this area of high pressure is rather expansive. As a result, we'll be feeling its effects for a while...right on into the end of the work week to be exact. Thursday and Friday are near identical copies not only of each other but also of Wednesday. Both days will feature sunny skies, calm north winds, and very comfortable conditions. Highs for both days will also range in the upper 70s on the mainland and coastal regions, while overnight lows drop into the mid 50s. Once we hit Saturday, however, things do begin to change. We remain dry overall, but cloud cover begins to increase again. Highs reach the low 80s on the mainland and near 80 on the coast. All of this is associated with an area of low pressure just off the Carolinas that will try and push northward. Scattered showers are expected on Sunday, but it won't be anything like what we have seen the last two days. Otherwise, we're mostly cloudy with highs near 80 for all of South Jersey. A patter shift occurs on Monday as the jet stream, which is dipping well to our south at the moment and allowing this cool pool of air to gather in the Northeast, lifts back up to the north. As it does, our winds shift from the north to the south, and the heat and humidity that is better associated with summer return. Both days, however, remain dry with highs gradually climbing into the mid 80s on the mainland and 80 on the beaches.
Have a great day, and I'll see you all next week!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt