Cold front to bring showers and cooler temperatures to NJ
A few raindrops are expected Tuesday afternoon as a front sweeps through, also delivering noticeably cooler temperatures to New Jersey through the rest of the week.
Here are your weather headlines for Tuesday, October 13, 2015...
A few showers have already fallen this morning, especially in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The rain was barely enough to make the ground wet - the top rainfall total was 0.02" in Toms River. As of this writing, the rain has ended for now, and skies range from partly to mostly cloudy.
As a cold front starts moving through New Jersey early Tuesday afternoon, another wave of showers is likely. This front is moisture-starved and our atmosphere is quite dry right now, so we are not really going to see any heavy deluges here. A rumble of thunder is possible, but rainfall totals should not amount to much. In fact, I wouldn't surprised if part of southern and/or central New Jersey stays dry as the front passes.
The rain will be mostly done by Tuesday evening, although a few leftover showers or sprinkles will be possible overnight. A weak wave passing overhead on Wednesday could bring a few more stray showers to the Garden State.
As the name implies, cooler air will follow this cold front. Not "shock-to-the-system" cold air, but just a "kick-back-down-to-normal" shot of cooler air. For now...
Tuesday looks to be the last day of widespread 70s for quite a while. Highs on Wednesday and Thursday will be in the 60s (with maybe a few 70° readings). Keep in mind, normal highs for this time of year are in the 66° to 68° range for New Jersey.
Meanwhile, lows will mostly fall into the lower 50s tonight, with a few 40s in the traditionally coolest spots (NW NJ and the Pine Barrens). As the cool air mass falls right on top of us Wednesday night into Thursday morning, temperatures will be in the chilly 40s statewide. Mid-October normal lows are in the 45° to 49° range.
The Rest of the Week
Our next front is just around the corner, scheduled for Friday. Once again, this system does not look to bring a ton of rain to New Jersey - just a few showers. It will, however, pick up our winds late Friday and especially on Saturday, and open the door to the coldest air of the season so far.
High temperatures on Friday will remain seasonable, in the 60s. But Saturday's highs will fall to the mid 50s, with a blustery wind. And Sunday? Oh boy. High temperatures will barely reach the 50 degree mark, with a stiff breeze.
So those of you who have been craving and clamoring for some colder temperatures, I sincerely hope you enjoy this downhill week! (And for those who are already missing summertime... Sorry for the bad news!)