Good Monday morning to you, South Jersey! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. There was a little bit for everyone in terms of our weather last weekend: If you are a fan of warmer fall weather, then Saturday was your choice day. For the cooler weather aficionados such as myself, Sunday was the pick day of the two. The latter of these two groups will love today's forecast and tomorrow's as well. Warmer weather fans...hold tight. You'll get your turn soon. I'll get to that in a moment. Right now, we have a very strong core of high pressure over the northeastern United States that is keeping us clear, calm, and very chilly. Overnight lows dipped into the low 30s...even along the mainland of the lower cape! Despite ample sunshine, it will be a mighty struggle to reach the 50 degree mark for high temperatures on the mainland and coastline. North winds won't do us any favors either; they'll be breezy at 10 to 15mph. High pressure will then begin to drift eastward, and as it does, cloud cover will begin to come into the picture. An onshore flow will begin to develop, and that may help bring some cloud cover from the ocean into the mainland. Otherwise, we should remain at least partly to mostly clear with lows in the upper 30s on the mainland and low to mid 40s on the coast. Winds will calm down a bit and shift to the east at 5 to 10mph.
A cold front will begin to approach the east coast through the middle of the week. While any moisture associated with it is confined to the frontal boundary itself, the cloud shield that goes with this front extends well ahead of it. So much so that we may begin to see some high level cirrus clouds as early as tomorrow. That, coupled with the aforementioned onshore flow, will help increase cloud cover through the day. It shouldn't be completely grey, but we'll call it partly to mostly cloudy. High temperatures will warm up a bit, but we'll remain seasonably cool. Mid to upper 50s on the mainland and coast with a lighter northeast wind at 5 to 10mph. Temperatures continue to climb through Wednesday as high pressure moves further to the east, and we fall further under the influence of its warmer return flow. A strong low level jet stream will bring up a decent push of warmer air in a similar manner to what we saw earlier last week. Highs will likely reach the low to mid 60s across the region under mostly cloudy skies. Our best chance for rain comes on Thursday as that cold front finally pushes through. It will also be our warmest day with highs near 70 degrees on the mainland and mid to upper 60s on the coast. Behind this front is another core of high pressure and another strong push of cold air. Highs for the end of the work week will only reach the mid 50s, while temperatures moderate into the low 60s for the weekend under partly sunny skies.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt