Summery Weekend Expected (Aug 19-21)
Sunshine and humidity will return for the weekend but a strong cold front on Sunday night-Monday should put us in Fall mode early next week. Let’s break it down:
Friday (August 19) high temperatures should reach the mid-to-upper 80s statewide. 90 is not out of the question in the Philadelphia-Trenton region. Skies should be mostly sunny and humid. Winds should be light out of the W/SW. If a sea breeze front backs off the ocean then coastal regions would be subject to light onshore flow. Overnight lows should fall into the 60s statewide.
Saturday (August 20) high temperatures should reach the mid-to-upper 80s statewide. Once again, 90 is not out of the question in the Philadelphia-Trenton region. Skies should be partly sunny and humid. Winds should be light out of the E/SE. Let’s allow a small chance for an isolated shower/t-storm to pop-up. Most should be okay. Overnight lows should fall into the 60s away from the ocean and 70s along the coast due to warmer ocean temperatures keeping the buffer.
Sunday (August 21) high temperatures should reach the mid-to-upper 80s statewide. And again, 90 is not out of the question for interior CNJ/SNJ. Skies should be mixed with sun and clouds for at least the first half of the day. Rain and thunderstorms are then possible ahead of a strong cold front during afternoon/evening hours. Winds should be breezy out of the S ahead of the rain/storms. Overnight lows should fall into the upper-60s/lower-70s.
An early look at next week indicates the cold front passing through on Monday. Therefore on Monday we should see a gradual reduction in humidity throughout the day. Monday night should put us all in Fall mode. Open up the windows and celebrate for the relief everyone’s truly been waiting for will show its face. I wouldn’t get too used to it as we’ll likely warm up again for next weekend, but not as warm as recent weather. The biggest relief felt from the Monday cold front will be from drier air, not so much the temperatures. Even still, many lows should fall into the 50s away from the ocean. Should feel amazing!
Notes of Interest: The tropics are becoming more active as we head into peak hurricane season. I’m watching a few systems out there. Fiona will miss well out to sea and should even miss E of Bermuda. Another area just S of the Cape Verde region off W Africa has a chance to develop and head more towards the Lesser Antilles. No immediate threats to the US exist but it’s definitely time to start paying attention. Ocean temps are in the mid-to-upper 70s along the NJ beach and even warmer offshore. Stargazing could be kind of rough this weekend with the lunar light pollution of the recent/near-full moon. With hazy skies and moonlight, overnight hours should be very bright.
Everyone have a great weekend and please be safe! JC