Good Tuesday morning to you, South Jersey! I know this phrase has been used before, but I think that it fits perfectly into this scenario: What a difference a day makes! At this point yesterday morning, we were feeling a summer-like air mass over the region with a tornado watch to boot...both of which came ahead of a decently potent cold front. Today, however, is a near polar opposite of that. With high pressure beginning to nudge down to the south, we're cooler, more comfortable, and far less unstable. Gone are the days near, at, or above the 80 degree mark (Of which we had seven in a row). Starting today, we return to a fall-like feel in the air. Skies began a bit cloudier as yesterday's cold front continued its exit to the east and a cloud deck to the south crept to the north. High pressure will at least partially clear us out through the day and keep us comfortable. Highs will only reach the 70 degree mark today on the mainland while the coast is in the upper 60s. Lows tonight will fall into the upper 40s on the mainland and low 50s on the coast under partly cloudy skies. Winds today, tonight, tomorrow, and through the rest of the week will be out of the northeast at 10 to 15mph. The reason behind this is due in part to the aforementioned core of high pressure as well as a developing low to the south, which is comprised of the non-tropical remnants of Karen. We'll find ourselves pinned in-between these two features, and with winds flowing clockwise around high pressure along with a counter-clockwise flow around low pressure, we'll feel the northeasterly flow from both of these pieces. Also, the pressure gradient (The difference in pressure between high and low pressure) will add a little extra kick to the winds.
That same low pressure that is currently near the Carolinas will slowly crawl to the north and eventually spread over the region. Cloud cover associated with it will be the first to arrive, and it will do so over the course of the day tomorrow. We should remain dry overall with partly sunny skies to start before the skies cloud over later in the evening. An isolated shower is possible, depending on the speed of this low. Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s across the board with that northeast wind at 10 to 15mph. While the exact timing of this low is still uncertain, the best window of rainfall appears to be Thursday into Friday afternoon...with the intensity of the rainfall and any associated wind remaining uncertain as well. Either way, this does appear to be our next chance at some decent and much needed rainfall. Scattered showers are still possible later on Friday and through Saturday as well. All three days, otherwise, will be mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees on the mainland and mid to upper 60s on the beaches and boardwalks. By the time the weekend comes around, high pressure should push this low out to sea, allowing for clearer skies to return for the second half of the weekend and the start of the work week. Temperatures will remain in the upper 60s as we kick off the next work week.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt