Good morning to you, South Jersey, and Thank Goodness It's Friday! After last night's round of showers and thunderstorms, our primary cold front has since passed through the region. A secondary cold front will follow suit over the course of the day. Behind this cold front is the cool and dry air that Dan and I have been talking about for the last couple of days. Consider today to be one of those transition days if you will. Skies will gradually clear over the course of the day as both cold fronts exit stage right and drier air filters southward. With a northwesterly flow taking hold in the upper atmosphere, we'll only reach the upper 70s today on the mainland and mid 70s on the cost despite increasing sunshine (This is compared to the 88 that we saw yesterday afternoon). Winds at the surface will also be out of the northwest and rather breezy at 10 to 20mph. These winds will play a factor in cooling us down more later tonight. Skies will become mostly clear as high pressure continues its push to the east, and temperatures will eventually drop into the upper 40s in the Pinelands, mid 50s on the coast, and low 50s in-between. The aforementioned northwest wind will shift to the north but remain strong at 15mph.
Saturday may end up being one of the coolest days we have seen since the spring season. Skies remain clear, and high pressure also remains parked overhead which will continue to give us that northerly flow out of Canada to supply us with that cool air. Highs will struggle to reach the 70 degree mark throughout the region with north by northwest winds at 10 to 15mph. We'll have a repeat performance in the skies for Sunday, but winds will begin to shift to a more southerly direction as high pressure drifts to the east. Highs will rebound back into the mid 70s west of the parkway and low 70s on the beaches. From there, a weak cold front will approach and eventually pass through the area. There is very little moisture associated with this front, so the most we should see is some increased cloud cover and slightly warmer highs in the mid to upper 70s. From there, it's a slight see-saw effect with our temperatures. We drop back into the low to mid 70s for Tuesday only to climb back into the upper 70s by Thursday. We'll also keep an eye on a passing warm front that may give some increased cloud cover and an isolated shower, but for now we'll keep the forecast dry.
Have a great day and a fantastic weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt