Two More Hot, Humid Days for New Jersey
This late-season heat wave continues with 90+ degree temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday, before cooler and drier weather arrives before the weekend.
Here are your weather headlines for Wednesday, September 2, 2015...
Heat Wave Days #4 and #5
Daily high temperatures have topped 90 degrees somewhere in New Jersey since Sunday. And this streak of hot days is expected to continue through Thursday. Yes, this is "unseasonably" hot - about 10 degree above normal for early September. No, it's not ground-breaking or earth-shattering - daily record highs are around 100° right now.
Wednesday will be partly sunny, with most high temperatures reaching about 90 degrees. The sea breeze will keep the Jersey Shore a bit cooler, around 80 degrees. Additionally, that sea breeze front could fire off an isolated shower or storm this afternoon or evening. The key word here is "isolated"... that means the vast majority of New Jerseyans will stay dry, and any rain that falls should be on the light side (if anything falls at all).
Some clouds, some patchy fog, and some mugginess expected again for Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Low temperatures will end up on either side of 70°.
New Jersey will have to endure one more hot and humid day on Thursday, with high temperatures bumping into the lower 90s. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected.
Front = Showers, Cooler, Drier
As a front approaches late Thursday, a series of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will enter the forecast. The timing for the raindrops appears to be from late afternoon through Friday morning. We need a good soaking rain, as August precipitation ended up well below normal. However, other than localized downpours, this system does not look to be a widespread heavy rainmaker for New Jersey.
Behind the front? Drier air! (Dew points will tumble from about 70 to the 50s.) Our new air mass will be somewhat cooler too, so temperatures won't be as fiercely hot.
In yesterday's blog post, I mentioned the possibility of this front taking on a "backdoor" character, bringing northeast winds and making for a cloudy, breezy, and downright cool Friday. Given the newest forecast data, I don't think it's going to be "too cool"... Although I'm keeping mostly cloudy skies and a brisk northeast wind in the forecast, high temperatures should still make it to the lower 70s to upper 80s.
The coolest spot on Friday will be the Jersey Shore. It ultimately may not be an ideal beach day given the cooler temperatures, brisk wind, and (likely) elevated risk for rip currents..
Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend is just a few days away, and sadly that is traditionally the unofficial end of summer here in the Garden State. Fortunately, our weather is really looking fantastic all weekend.
The after-effects of Thursday night's front will still be in play on Saturday. Skies will become mostly sunny, as a brisk northeast-to-northwest wind continues. Temperatures will be right around or just below normal, in the 76° to 82° range.
We'll warm up a bit for Sunday and Monday, as winds lighten and shift to southwesterly. Temperatures will top out in the lower to mid 80s, humidity levels will remain comfortable, and we will enjoy bright sunny skies on both Sunday and Monday. Nice!