Slightly Cooler in NJ Wednesday, Big Chill Coming Soon
As a reinforcing shot of cool, autumn air arrives, high temperatures will limited to the upper 60s for most of the state, with even colder air on the way.
Here are your weather headlines for Wednesday, October 14, 2015...
Secondary Cold Front
A cold front pushed through New Jersey Tuesday evening, delivering a few sporadic showers and slightly cooler air to New Jersey. An additional weak front will pass on Wednesday, reinforcing this cool, autumn air mass. In addition, a few raindrops are in the forecast once again.
Skies on Wednesday will average partly sunny, with some sunnier and some cloudier periods throughout the day. As that weak wave passes overhead, we could see a few light showers and sprinkles, mainly in the afternoon. Most of New Jersey looks to stay dry today, and anything that does fall from the sky should be very light.
Meanwhile, following the passage of this secondary front, winds will become a bit gusty this afternoon. Sustained winds of 10 to 15 mph will persist throughout the day, gusting to 20 or 25 mph. High temperatures will be limited to the upper 60s to about 70°. A few degrees cooler than yesterday... But also still a few degrees above normal for mid-October. (Normal highs today: 66° at Newark and Trenton, 67° at Atlantic City.)
Nice Autumn Weather
Even though a stray shower or sprinkle remains possible tonight, skies will clear and we will see a period of pleasant autumn weather. Thursday morning will be chilly and crisp, with low temperatures mostly in the mid to upper 40s. Mostly sunny skies will push temperatures into the seasonable mid 60s. It could be a bit breezy on Thursday as well, up to 20 mph throughout the day.
All around, Thursday looks to be a mild autumn day.
Getting Even Colder
The days of jacket-free, short-sleeved weather are rapidly coming to an end, as much colder air is on the horizon for New Jersey.
Friday will remain seasonable, with highs in the upper 60s. As a front approaches, we will see another chance for a few showers. Similar to our other rain chances this week, those showers will be widely scattered and on the light side.
Behind the front lies our first real shot of cold air of the season, which will arrive this weekend. A fierce northwesterly wind, gusting to 30 mph, will make for a couple of blustery days.
Saturday's high temperatures should be limited to the upper 50s for most of New Jersey. As the core of the cold air moves closer to New Jersey on Sunday, thermometers will struggle to climb past 50 degrees. According to the current forecast, Sunday could be New Jersey's coldest day since April.
Furthermore, widespread low temperatures in the 30s are expected for both Sunday and Monday mornings. North Jersey will potentially dip below the 32-degree mark, leading to the first freeze of the season. At the very least, an across-the-board frost will be possible.
Ready or not, 'tis the season for colder temperatures!