Good Tuesday morning to you, South Jersey, and welcome to Election Day! It may end up being a cloudier day today, and the weather may not be all that warm, but it's still no excuse to forego heading out to the polls today to vote! With that PSA aside, let's get back to the weather. We find ourselves on this chilly morning sandwiched in-between two cloud decks. The first is approaching from the west and is associated with a cold front that will pass later this week (I'll get to this in more detail later on). The second deck comes from the Atlantic Ocean and will be brought onshore in some capacity via an easterly wind. This east wind comes as a result of yesterday's core of high pressure moving to the east and centering itself towards the Gulf of Maine. There will likely be some breaks in the cloud cover, but I do think that cloudiness will prevail overall. Any sunshine will help us warm up a bit more, but we'll remain below average for this time of year. Highs should only reach the mid 50s on the mainland and coast with an east wind at 5 to 10mph. Skies remain mostly cloudy tonight, and this will help us stay a little warmer tonight. Lows will only drop into the low to mid 40s with a light east to southeast wind at 5mph. The southerly shift in our wind profile at the surface and in the atmosphere will continue through the day tomorrow. A warm front will lift through the Northeast, and that will act as the doorway for warmer air to run up the coastline. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s on the mainland and low to mid 60s on the coast. Winds will be light at 5 to 10mph out of the southeast.
Thursday may be our warmest day of the forecast as the southerly flow aloft is expected to intensify with the closer proximity of our cold front. Showers are likely in the afternoon and evening hours, otherwise we'll be cloudy and breezy. Highs may make a run at 70 degrees on the mainland while the beaches remain in the mid to upper 60s. Once this cold front passes on Thursday night, the temperatures will come crashing down behind it. Highs on Friday are only expected to reach the mid 50s under partly sunny skies with a stronger northwest wind. Temperatures and conditions will moderate through the weekend under partly to mostly sunny skies as high pressure moves back into the picture. A weak cold front will pass through the region on Sunday, but there is little to no moisture associated with it...so the most we'll likely see is some extra cloud cover and a warmer afternoon on Sunday than Saturday. Speaking of which, highs should reach the 60 degree mark on Saturday with low to mid 60s on Sunday. After the front passes, another push of cooler air moves into the region. Highs return to the upper 50s to low 60s under mostly sunny skies.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt