Despite comfortable temperatures, this weekend will likely be New Jersey's first rainy weekend since early July.

Here are your weather headlines for Friday, September 11, 2015...

Clearing Skies Friday

Current weather radar

As of this writing, there are still a few showers and sprinkles pushing through New Jersey this morning. These "last licks" from Thursday's steady and heavy rain will move off-shore by late morning. Then, our skies will begin to clear out and our ground will begin to dry out through this afternoon. Breaks of sun will help most temperatures warm into the lower 80s. The Jersey Shore will hold on to the drizzle and the clouds a little longer, so highs are expected to be limited to the 70s today. Humidity levels will be comfortable.

Weekend Rain Chance

While Friday night and Saturday morning will remain quiet, the next storm system to affect New Jersey is looming just around the corner. Yes, we need the rain. Unfortunately, it's the weekend. As I mentioned above, this will be New Jersey's first measurable rain on a weekend in over two months.

The NAM model forecast shows steady, heavy rain falling around 8 p.m. Saturday evening. (College of DuPage Meteorology)

The timing for this rainfall has been pushing earlier with each model run, and the biggest impacts are currently expected Saturday evening into Saturday night.

As the system approaches from the south-southwest on Saturday afternoon (around 2 p.m.), the rain will begin as showers along the Delaware River. After 5 p.m., steadier rain will push into the state. The heaviest rain is currently forecast between about 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday night. During this time frame, a few embedded strong thunderstorms or heavy downpours will be possible.

As the storm system exits on Sunday, residual showers may persist through Sunday morning, especially in North Jersey. Skies on Sunday should become partly sunny, with a stiff breeze over 20 mph. We'll get a taste of early fall on Sunday too, with high temperatures only in the mid to upper 70s!

Another Step Toward Fall

Our return to work and school on Monday morning looks quite cool as well, with widespread low temperatures in the 50s. That would make it the Garden State's coolest morning since early June.

High temps will bump back into the 80s by the middle of next week, as we return to dry and sunny weather. Aside from our continued short-term drought situation, there will be no complaints about next week's weather.