Good morning to you, South Jersey, and Thank Goodness It's Friday! A coastal flood advisory is in effect from 11am today through 6pm tomorrow for all Atlantic coast and Delaware Bay coast regions of South Jersey. Minor tidal flooding is expected once again during today's high tide (1:15pm on the ocean front...2:15pm along the bays) and tomorrow's high tide (2:15pm and 3:15pm for the ocean and bays respectively).
Our main weather headline/feature is the same as it was yesterday: Our not-so-strong but slow moving and stubborn coastal low. There has been little movement over the last 24 hours, with the center of this low still situated to the southeast of the Delmarva Peninsula. With it's position remaining virtually unchanged, today's forecast is also nearly unchanged from yesterday. We'll see another round of on and off showers with wind swept drizzles as well. Otherwise, we're cloudy and windy once again with highs in the low to mid 60s across the region with a strong northeast wind at 15 to 25mph...gusts may exceed 35mph at times. As of this discussion, we've received over 1.50" of rainfall at the airport in EHT, and that number will continue to climb through the night and into tomorrow with more scattered showers and drizzles. Lows won't cool down too much again, with temperatures in the upper 50s on the mainland and coast. Winds will remain blustery at 15 to 20mph out of the northeast.
The weekend has been looking progressively better, but like the transition that we're forecasting, it will still be a slow process. High pressure to the north will gradually build in strength and slowly drift to the south. As it does, it will push our pesky area of low pressure out to sea over the course of the weekend. Saturday still looks dreary but not as rainy as today or yesterday, so any outdoor event goers will likely need umbrellas for one more day. Sunday may see some showers in the morning, but a majority of the day now looks drier (Though not necessarily sunnier)...so the AC marathon may have a slightly soggy start before staying dry through the better part of the day. Highs for both days will reach the upper 60s with a brisk northeast wind. By Columbus Day, high pressure should be able to push our low far enough out to see to where we may actually see a bit of sunshine on Monday. Not too much, however, as our onshore flow will remain in place and make cloud cover more difficult to get rid of. Highs for the start of the next work week may reach 70 on the mainland and the upper 60s on the coast. We get a small break through Wednesday with partly sunny skies thanks to that aforementioned high pressure ridge with highs still in the low 70s. Our next chance for rain looks to arrive next Thursday in the form of a cold front.
Have a great day and a fantastic weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt