Good Wednesday morning to you, South Jersey, and Happy Hump Day to you as well! Yesterday's extra sunshine, as advertised, helped spark some extra showers and thunderstorms in the area, though once again, not everyone saw rainfall. Just outside of the broadcast range, in Gloucester County, portions of Glassboro saw up to four inches of rain with very slow moving thunderstorms in place! Today "Should" end up drier than the last two days, but as the morning progresses, we'll have to keep an eye on a stalled frontal boundary to the west that may try to kick some showers and/or thunderstorms over the bay and into South Jersey. Otherwise, an easterly flow off the Atlantic Ocean will stabilize the atmosphere at bit more, keeping most of the instability in check. We'll call the day cloudy overall, with highs in the upper 70s on the mainland and mid 70s on the coast with an east wind at 10 to 15mph. Skies remain cloudy tonight, dew points remain in the 60s, and the uncomfortable feeling in the air remains in place as a result. Lows only get into the mid to upper 60s once again with an east-southeast wind at 10mph. Outside of a pop-up shower, we should remain dry. A warm front will then lift through the Mid-Atlantic over the course of the day tomorrow. As it does, our easterly flow shifts back to a southerly flow, bringing with it some warmer air and more humidity. Highs creep into the low 80s on the mainland and mid 70s on the coast under mostly cloudy skies. Any extra sunshine will only destabilize the atmosphere even more, giving us a renewed chance for some scattered thunderstorms through the afternoon and evening hours.
A cold front, currently situated to our west, will slowly move eastward over the next two days...eventually arriving in the eastern United State by Friday evening. As it arrives, we also receive our best chance for showers and thunderstorms through the evening and into the first half of the night. Highs climb into the mid 80s on the mainland and right about the 80 degree mark on the coast. Depending on how quickly (Or slowly) this front gets out of here, we may be sunnier to start the weekend or a little cloudier. Right now, I'm leaning more towards the latter, but we'll keep an eye on any trends to see if this cold front gets a little extra acceleration in its step. Either way, the weekend...for the fourth time in a row...should end up being a winner. High pressure still moves into the Northeast, clearing us out and allowing more comfortable air to arrive. Temperatures for both days hold in the low 80s over mid to upper 70s, but dew points drop to the upper 50s to low 60s...MUCH more comfortable than what we're seeing now. Monday should also end up mainly dry, but with another frontal boundary on the way, cloud cover will increase along with dew points and humidity. Highs hold in the low 80s on the mainland and mid to upper 70s on the coast. The middle of the week may also end up on the unstable side with isolated thunderstorms possible on Tuesday.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt