Hello, South Jersey, and good Monday morning to you all. I hope you all were able to enjoy our progressively warmer weekend that just passed. Today will start off on a warmer note, but that will be short lived. We've been keeping an eye on a cold front that will eventually pass through the region later this morning and into the early afternoon. Temperatures were rather warm last night, and while we'll warm up into the low to mid 60s on the mainland and coast today, our high temperatures will be recorded earlier in the day than usual. Why? We go back to the cold front that I mentioned before. Once that frontal boundary passes, winds will pick up (They'll be out of the west at 15 to 20mph with gusts over 35mph at times), and cooler air will be filtered into the region from the north and west. This is a very similar setup to what we saw last week, but here's the difference: The pool of cool air that will arrive isn't as deep. As a result, it won't be as cold here in South Jersey as it was during the last push that we saw last week. It will, however, bring us back to seasonably cool conditions for a few days. It begins tonight with partly to mostly clear skies and lows in the upper 30s west of the parkway and near 40 degrees on the coast. Winds remain breezy at 10 to 20mph out of the west. We'll have a beautiful day tomorrow, but it will be breezy once again and seasonably chilly as high pressure moves in from the west. Highs may only reach 50 degrees on the mainland and coast with a northwest wind at 10 to 15mph. While this isn't terribly cold, it'll still be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than our high temperatures today.
We'll have a case of "Carbon Copy" weather tomorrow, but this time it will be for all the right reasons. High pressure moves overhead, keeping us sunny and cool, but winds will also calm down as the pressure gradient overhead decreases. Highs remain around the 50 degree mark on the mainland and coast with a lighter northwest wind in place and mostly sunny skies. A slight warm-up comes around on Thursday and Friday as high pressure moves further to the east and a cold front approaches from the west. Winds will shift to the south once again, but it won't be as strong of a wind this time. As a result, highs should only get into the mid 50s for the last two days on the work week (As opposed to the mid 60s like what we saw on Sunday). Thursday will still remain partly to mostly sunny, but cloud cover increases through the day on Friday. Our best chance for rain occurs on Friday night into the day on Saturday as that front passes. Behind it, a stronger push of cold air comes into the picture (And notice how I said "cold", not "cool" this time). We should be able to squeak a day in the upper 40s on Saturday...maybe 50 degrees depending on the speed of this cold front, but Sunday may end up being the coldest day of the forecast and of the season so far. Highs may struggle to reach 40 degrees on the coast and the upper 30s to near 40 degrees on the mainland, but this is dependent on the power behind this push of cold air and where the core of it falls. We'll keep an eye on the weekend to see exactly how cold it will get as time goes on.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt