Good morning to you, South Jersey, and Thank Goodness It's Friday! The last three days have been progressively warmer (65 on Tuesday, 71 on Wednesday, 76 yesterday), and today will continue that trend. The other aspect of the forecast that won't change is the amount of sunshine that we'll see. It has been absolutely beautiful outside for several days now, and that's thanks to a large and strong ridge of high pressure that has been slowly migrating to the east. Today, however, we bid farewell to the aforementioned area of high pressure as it moves further off the coast. That's not to say that the day will be bad. Skies remain mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s on the mainland and mid 70s on the coast with a light south wind at 5 to 10mph. The weather remains rather placid through the night tonight...perfect for the slew of games on the Friday night football line-up. Skies remain partly to mostly clear, though we won't cool down as much as previous nights. Lows in the mid 50s on the mainland and upper 50s on the coast with a light south wind. Once we reach Saturday, however, we notice a change. Cloud cover will increase through the course of the day ahead of a cold front that will move through the region later that night. The day itself should stay mainly dry outside of an isolated shower or two, and high temperatures will be at their peak; 80 on the mainland and mid 70s on the coast. Our best chance for rain comes around (Thankfully) at night with scattered showers and the occasional thunderstorm. Lows also are mild, with low 60s forecasted across the board.
We officially begin the fall season at 4:44pm on Sunday, and while the morning may see some leftover showers, the afternoon should gradually become drier and clearer as that cold front moves out to sea. Temperatures will remain seasonably warm, though cooler air won't be too far behind. Highs will reach the upper 70s on the mainland and low to mid 70s towards the ocean. High pressure then moves in from the northwest and settles over the eastern United States once again. This will help suppress an area of low pressure far enough to the south that it shouldn't affect us. This is the same low that I mentioned yesterday where the models were showing no consistency. Thankfully, it seems as though a running consensus is appearing, and the most we should see is some extra cloud cover and a little more wind on Tuesday and Wednesday. Trends can change, so we'll still keep an eye on things. All the same, the stretch of weather from Monday through Thursday can be described under on umbrella (Sorry for the weather pun): Partly to mostly sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the low to mid 70s on the mainland and near 70 on the coast. Lows through that stretch will fall into the low 50s.
Have a great day and a fantastic weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt