The rain is unrelated to Hurricane Gert, which is churning up the Atlantic as it turns away from the U.S. East Coast.

Here are your weather headlines for Tuesday, August 15, 2017...

Rain, Rain, Rain

Puddles and umbrellas will be common sights on Tuesday as our weather takes a soggy turn. In fact, our forecast have evolved to include an extended period of steady rain for most of the state, keeping thick clouds in place and temperatures at bay all day.

We're already had a few bands of rain push across the Garden State early Tuesday morning. As promised, there's been nothing torrential or severe — rainfall totals so far have stayed below a half-inch.

Radar image as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, showing another batch of rain aiming for the Garden State. (College of DuPage Meteorology)

As of this writing, we've tapered off to showers and sprinkles across the state. But another piece of energy is moving over Virginia, headed for New Jersey, and will cause rainfall to pick up again after the morning rush hour.

The next round of rain will probably move into southern New Jersey around 8 a.m. spreading northward through the rest of the morning. This batch of rain will likely impact all but NW NJ. While there appears to be a weak connection to Hurricane Gert's tropical moisture, I think we'll avoid any widespread heavy rain or flooding threat.

In between raindrops, skies will be overcast and temperatures will be limited to the 70s for most.

Rain will begin to exit around 4 p.m. with lingering showers through Tuesday evening. Models suggest all rainfall will be done by 8 p.m. Skies will clear to partly cloudy by Wednesday morning, with overnight lows in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees.

Drying Out

Wednesday will be a brighter and drier day than Tuesday, with periodic sun and clouds. Humidity will be manageable, but temperatures will be very warm in the mid to upper 80s. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few spot 90s Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday looks good too, during the day at least. We'll see partly sunny skies and comfortably warm temps in the 80s.

Our next storm system and next chance of rain arrives Thursday night. Friday looks wet and warm, with occasional rain and thunderstorms and high temperatures well into the 80s.

Still not ready to take a confident stab at the weekend. Doesn't look as pleasant as it did 24 hours, with a chance for morning showers on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday looks pretty hot too, with 90s possible for central and southern NJ.

Gert

Hurricane Gert's forecast track, as of Tuesday morning. (NOAA / NHC)

Late Tuesday night, Tropical Storm Gert became Hurricane Gert, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. As of Tuesday morning, Gert is located about 500 miles south-southeast of Cape May, N.J. No change in the forecast here — Gert will turn out to sea on Tuesday. It's still thoroughly churning up the Atlantic Ocean though, raising concerns for rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the Jersey Shore through late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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