Good morning to you all, South Jersey, and Thank Goodness It's Friday! Yesterday, we saw a 15 degree jump in our high temperatures at the airport in EHT (40 on Wednesday compared to 55 yesterday). Part of the reason is the eastward migration of high pressure just to our south. That puts us on the western and warmer side of high pressure. Southerly winds aloft and at the surface will become more prevalent in our short term forecast, so we can expect our gradual climb up the thermometer to continue. We'll remain dry overall today, but cloud cover will increase from west to east today. Filtered sunshine will be on display, as the clouds in question are high level cirrus clouds...those wispy looking clouds that we see from time to time that are made of ice crystals due to their high elevation. Otherwise, it's a calm and seasonable end to the work week with highs in the mid to upper 50s and a light southwest wind at 5 to 10mph. Cloud cover may thicken and increase through the overnight period as a weak area of low pressure clips the region to our south. A shower or two is possible the further south you are. Outside of this, we're mostly cloudy and mild with lows in the low 40s on the mainland and upper 40s on the beaches. Winds remain light and out of the southwest at 5mph. A few of these showers may linger into the morning, but the first half of the weekend should remain dry overall. Highs creep up a little bit more towards the 60 degree mark on the mainland (upper 50s on the coast) with a healthy mix of sun and clouds.
Once we reach the second half of the weekend, we keep an eye to the west as a cold front approaches the coast. The associated area of low pressure (Which will miss us to the north) will continue to strengthen, and as it gets closer to our departing area of high pressure, the difference in pressure will create stronger southerly winds aloft. Long story short, as this cold front gets closer, two things happen: Winds get stronger, and we get warmer. Highs will reach the mid 60s on the mainland and low 60s on the coast under partly to mostly cloudy skies. A few showers may arrive after sunset, but the bulk of this moisture isn't expected to arrive until Monday. So not only is Monday the wettest day of the week, it's also likely going to be the warmest. The best chance for rainfall comes through the morning and afternoon hours. Afterwards, things taper off through the evening. Otherwise, we're mostly cloudy and windy with highs in the upper 60s on the mainland and mid 60s on the coast. Once the actual frontal boundary passes, another push of cold air will arrive. It won't be as intense as what we saw earlier this week (No frozen moisture any time soon), but it will last a little longer. Skies eventually become partly to mostly sunny through the day on Tuesday and stay that way into Thursday. Highs will only reach the mid to upper 40s during this time, with overnight lows dropping into the upper 20s to mid 30s.
Have a great day and a fantastic weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt