Good Wednesday morning to you, South Jersey, and Happy Hump day! With an official 65 degree high temperature reading out of EHT, that became our coolest high temperature since a 66 degree high was recorded on May 28th. With that said, we can safely say that we've hit the bottom of this cool pool. From here, it's a slow but gradual uphill climb on the thermometer. High pressure will remain in control of our weather pattern for the next couple of days, but as it drift to the east, we'll gradually fall under the influence of the return flow...that warmer, more southerly flow that wraps around the western side of a core of high pressure. The warm up starts today, but again, it will be a slow process. One thing that will help is a shift in our winds. They were out of the northeast yesterday, and they'll be out of the warmer southeast direction today at 5 to 10mph. Skies will also remain sunny, and highs temperatures will make their climb into the low 70s on the mainland and upper 60s on the coast. With the light southeast wind in place, dry air remaining, and clear skies forecasted again, we'll still be a bit on the chilly side tonight. Lows should drop into the upper 40s through much of interior South Jersey, while the coastline stays in the low to mid 50s.
The warming trend takes hold a little bit more on Thursday as high pressure continues to drift further to the east, and our southerly flow aloft becomes a bit stronger. Despite the eastward progression, high pressure is large enough and strong enough to keep us sunny, dry, and mainly calm. Highs this time will reach the mid 70s west of the parkway and low 70s on the beaches with a south wind at 10mph. We creep up a bit more on Friday with high in the upper 70s on the mainland and mid 70s on the coast under partly to mostly sunny skies. A weak warm front will try to pass through the area, but even if it does, I don't expect much beyond a few extra clouds as a result. Saturday, however, may be different. Highs climb to near 80 degrees on the mainland and mid 70s on the coast, but it's because a cold front will approach and pass through the region over the course of the day. We also have a chance at some scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday night into the morning on Sunday. An isolated shower may linger on Sunday, but the rest of the day is dry with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Once that frontal boundary passes, cooler air returns, though it won't be as cool as yesterday. Low 70s for highs on the mainland and upper 60s on the beaches are expected Monday and Tuesday, but we will also keep a close eye on a low pressure system from the Southeast that may come up the coast and give us another chance for some rainfall. It's still too early to tell at the moment, but we'll keep an eye on things.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt