Good Wednesday morning to you, South Jersey, and Happy Hump Day to you as well! So stop me if you've heard this one: Temperatures will gradually warm up over the next two days before a cold front passes and sends those aforementioned temperatures back into the 50s. Sound familiar? Well, it should...that's exactly what happened this past weekend. A warmer air mass blanketed the region (Featuring a 70 degree high temperature in EHT on Saturday), only to be replaced with mid 50s the very next day after a cold front passed. History is expected to repeat itself in the short term forecast. It begins today with a southerly flow forming over the eastern third of the nation. This will help bring up some warmer air out of the Southeast and into the Northeast. A weak wedge of high pressure will also stay over the region, but it will decay over the course of the day. Either way, we'll get off to a sunny start before cloud cover begins to return later in the evening. Highs will rebound well into the mid 60s on the mainland and low 60s on the beaches with a light south wind at 5 to 10mph. With the increased cloud cover tonight, it will be a bit more difficult to cool down through the overnight period. Temperatures will only fall into the low to mid 50s with south winds remaining light at 5 to 10mph. A few isolated showers are possible after midnight, but we should remain mainly dry overall. Showers will become more numerous through the morning and afternoon hours as that cold front approaches the coast. There shouldn't be anything that we can't handle...no more than a quarter of an inch or so. Otherwise we'll be mostly cloudy and windy. Highs top off in the mid to upper 60s on the mainland and mid 60s on the coast with a southwest wind at 10 to 20mph. Those winds will shift to the northwest and remain strong following the passage of that front.
Behind this cold front, A short lived but strong push of chilly air will fill the void for the end of the work week. Skies will clear through the day, but despite the ample sunshine, temperatures will struggle to reach the mid 50s on the mainland and coast. Northwest winds at 15mph will not do us any favors in keeping things seasonable. Thankfully, the weekend will act as a moderation period in our weather. Skies will remain partly sunny (Despite the passage of a very weak cold front on Sunday afternoon) with highs just north or south of 60 degrees on Saturday and low 60s on Sunday. Veterans Day will continue the calm and seasonable trend as high pressure remains in place over the Northeast. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny with highs in the low 60s on the mainland and upper 50s on the coast. A cool down may take hold of the region from Tuesday to Thursday, but this is dependent on how far south this push of cool air travels. For now, I think we'll be seasonably chilly for the day on Tuesday with sunny skies and calm winds. High temperatures, however, may only reach the upper 50s.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt