Next 48 Hours – Rain and a Temporary Cooldown
The sunshine and 80+ degree temperatures will be put on hold briefly, as scattered showers and thunderstorms and cooler air push through New Jersey.
Here are your weather headlines for Tuesday, May 5, 2015...
48 Hours of Unsettled Weather
We have been tracking a cold front, that will bring a little bit of rain and a slight cool down to New Jersey over the next couple of days. That front has slowed down in its approach to the state. So our rain chances have been pushed a bit later than noted in previous forecasts. While nothing incredibly heavy or extraordinary is expected, some heavier downpours and rumbles of thunder should be expected.
The first round of rain will come this afternoon, as spotty showers and thunderstorms potentially pop up across the state. Everyone in the state is prone to see at least a few raindrops through this afternoon and this evening, although the current models put the heaviest and most widespread spots of rain in South Jersey right around the evening rush hour. (The image to the right shows the simulated radar image for 5 p.m. today - note the scattered blobs of light to moderate rain across the southern half of the state.)
The next round of rain comes overnight. Tonight’s rainfall looks a bit steadier than the daytime spot showers... but again, nothing incredibly heavy or dangerous is expected here. Current models show this round of rainfall to peak in North Jersey right around tomorrow morning’s rush hour. (The image to the right shows the predicted 3-hour total rainfall from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.)
Finally, scattered showers and storms will remain in the forecast through the day tomorrow. Those rain chances will gradually fade away tomorrow night. By Thursday morning, sunshine will return to the forecast.
The combination of the rain, the clouds, and slightly cooler air will temporarily push temperatures below normal for the first time since late last week. We’re not talking about anything really cold or arctic here. Highs on Wednesday will be limited to the 60s... certainly comfortable and even pleasant if it’s not raining at any given time.
And fans of summer weather can rejoice! This cooldown will be, as I mentioned, only temporary. By Thursday morning, sunshine and warmer air will return, enacting a warming trend through the rest of the week. Highs will bounce back into the mid 70s on Thursday... Upper 70s on Friday... Around 80 on Saturday... Lower to mid 80s on Sunday!
Watching the Weekend
Overall, Mother Nature will partially cooperate in bringing nice weather for the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend. Both days look to bring at least some temperatures in the 80s to New Jersey. There’s a chance for an isolated shower in South Jersey on Saturday. A better chance of rain comes on Sunday, but the timing remains a bit unclear as to whether this will be an “all day” or “late day” kind of rain. That will obviously affect whether you can make outdoor plans, so for now I’d recommend staying flexible and keeping an eye on the forecast as it gets closer... we’ll have better resolution on this forecast by Thursday or Friday.