Good Thursday morning to you, South Jersey! Today will be a nearly identical copy of yesterday's weather with one major exception: The lack of humidity. Dew points rose into the mid 60's yesterday ahead of a decaying cold front that has since passed through the region this morning with little to no visible fanfare. The only way we know that the front has passed is by watching those dew point values drop through the day. It will become rather comfortable outside, and with that drier air mass in place, it will be what I like to call "Honestly" warm...meaning there is no significant heat index to influence how it feels outside. Skies will remain mostly sunny for the fourth day in a row, with highs in the mid 80's on the mainland and low 80's on the coast. It'll be breezy as well, with northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph. With Cristobal continuing its track to the northeast, it will kick up the rip current risks to a high level once again. So please be mindful of any advisories and/or beach closures due to the more hazardous swimming conditions. Winds will calm down tonight, and we'll also remain mainly clear. This, combined with dry air in place, will allow for some rather nice cooling to occur. Lows drop well into the mid 50's on the mainland and around the 60 degree mark on the coast. North winds at 5 mph.
Another cool down takes place on Friday despite plentiful amounts of sunshine. High pressure is directly overhead at this point, but it won't stick around. Therefore, this cooler air mass will depart just as quickly. Either way, fans of the cooler weather that we've seen will love Friday. Highs hover on either side of 80 degrees on the mainland, while the coast sits in the mid 70's. North winds gradually shift to the east at 5 to 10 mph. Once we hit the weekend, we transition to a warmer and more humid air mass...something that has been rather rare as of late. High pressure situates itself near Bermuda, creating a scenario where we fall under the influence of its return flow. Along with that, a warm front will also pass with little fanfare to the north. It will, however, open the door for warmer air to surge up from the south. Highs climb back into the mid 80's on the mainland and near 80 on the coast under partly to mostly sunny skies.
We warm up even more on Sunday with a stronger southerly flow aloft. A run at 90 degrees is possible on the mainland (The first such high temperature since July 8th), while the coast holds in the mid 80's under partly sunny skies. Humidity will continue to climb ahead of another low pressure system that will move towards the east coast on Labor Day. The majority of Monday is dry, but through the afternoon, we may see some hit or miss thunderstorms pop up. Outdoor plans, as of now, should be all right, but keep an eye out for additional holiday updates. Highs hold in the upper 80's on the mainland and low 80's on the coast. A few more thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday as a second area of low pressure traverses eastward. Again, I don't think this is a wash-out, but there is at least the potential for some rain. Highs hold steady in the low 80's to upper 80's on the coast and mainland respectively.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt