Good Thursday morning to you, South Jersey! Yesterday ended up being the warmest day we've seen in the region since July 21st...which was the eighth and final day of our mid-summer heat wave. This kind of heat has been rare since then, with the only other 90+ degree day coming around on August 9th. For those of you who are anticipating cooler weather, your wait will be rewarded...tomorrow. We are still keeping a close eye on an approaching cold front from the west. This front is expected to pass later on tonight, but as it approaches, it will interact with this pre-existing warm and moist air mass. As a result, pop-up showers and thunderstorms are possible through the early afternoon. A few of these storms may be a bit stronger with gustier winds and heavier downpours. Anyone with outdoor plans later this evening (Including anyone going to this evening's high school football game between Pleasantville and Mainland Regional) should have an umbrella at the ready just in case a storm rolls into town. Highs today won't be as oppressively hot as they were yesterday, but it will still feel rather uncomfortable with high dew points. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 80s on the mainland and low 80s on the beaches with partly sunny skies overall and a southerly wind at 10mph. A better chance for some scattered showers and thunderstorms arrives later tonight as the actual frontal boundary gets closer to the coastline. Once we clear the midnight hour, things should begin to calm down as the cold front moves further out to sea. It won't be very comfortable tonight, but it will be a step in the right direction with lows in the mid to upper 60s. Winds will shift from the south to the west at 5 to 10mph.
That shift in our winds will continue into Friday and become more northwesterly as high pressure begins to situate itself closer to the Northeast. Skies will gradually clear out over the course of the day, and we'll notice a change in how it feels outside. Dew point levels, and the resulting humidity, will decrease through the day as drier and cooler air filters southward. Highs for the end of the work week will reach a more seasonable mid 70s on the mainland and coast with a northwest wind at 10 to 15mph. Our temperatures bottom out on Saturday as the associated cool pool of air falls right over the area. Highs will have a tough time reaching the 70 degree mark on the mainland and coast despite plenty of sunshine. A strong and prevailing northwesterly flow from the jet stream will continue to feed that cooler air into the region. After that cool down, temperatures will moderate in the mid to upper 70s from Sunday into the middle of next week with no rain in sight. There is, however, a weak cold front that is expected to pass through on Monday, but with little to no moisture associated with it, the most we should expect from this is a little extra cloud cover and highs near 80 degrees.
Have a great day everyone!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt