New Jersey’s warmup kicks into high gear through the weekend
High temperatures will end up 15+ degrees above normal for the Garden State for the next several days, as clouds make an appearance as well.
New Jersey has lived on the mild side so far this December, with above-normal temperatures observed each and every day so far. The warmth will continue through at least Monday. (And maybe beyond - keep reading!)
While it has certainly been an abnormally warm month so far, we haven't quite hit any records. The average daily high temperature at Newark for the first 9 days of December 2015 has been 53.9 degrees. That ranks 10th out of 104 years of record. The average daily high temperature at Atlantic City (ACY) has been 54.8 degrees, which also ranks 10th out of 58 years of record.
We do have some patches of light rain moving through New Jersey this morning. Nothing heavy, and nothing that will really get in your way - those raindrops will fizzle and/or escape the state by mid-morning. Following the raindrops and clouds, skies should clear to some sunshine this afternoon. That will allow temperatures to cook into the upper 50s to around 60 degrees.
Friday looks like a very nice day, with partly sunny skies and high temperatures climbing even further. Expect upper 50s to lower 60s on thermometers to close out the workweek.
As the weekend approaches, our weather should stay dry. (Even though the NAM model remains adamant about a few raindrops along the way, it seems to be an outlier in terms of the precipitation forecast.) However, clouds are expected to steadily increase for both Saturday and Sunday. Even so, temperatures will warm further this weekend, into the lower 60s on Saturday and statewide mid 60s (at least) on Sunday. Models over the past few days have shown temperatures as warm as 70 degrees on Sunday into Monday! (But I'm not comfortable going quite that warm in our forecast...)
As always, all good things must come to an end... and that includes this streak of 20-degrees-above-normal temperatures. A cold front is expected to approach the Garden State on Monday - probably in the afternoon. That front will bring us a quick 6 to 10 hour period of rain and a gusty wind on Monday. And then somewhat cooler temperatures will settle in by Tuesday.
The latest model numbers, however, keep the above-normal high temperatures going through much of next week too! Still no snow in sight...