Nice Wednesday, wet Thursday for New Jersey
New Jersey's forecast will be busy over the next week, with a combination of mild, wet, cold, and warm weather on the way.
Here are your weather headlines for Wednesday, December 16, 2015...
No More Records
Yesterday marked the 5th consecutive day of record-breaking temperatures in New Jersey. (Newark and Trenton hit record highs in the very early morning hours.) Our streak of records is over... but only for now...
On Tuesday, a fierce wind made the day pretty blustery... I'm happy to say the winds will be lighter for today, although temperatures will also be a bit cooler. With afternoon temps hovering in the lower 50s, we'll still be 5 to 10 degrees above normal for mid-December. Skies will transition from sun to clouds as the day progresses. Overall, it looks like a pleasant weather day.
An approaching front will lead to a prolonged chance of rain on Thursday, probably leading to a washout of a day. The rain will start in New jersey right around the tail end of tomorrow morning's rush hour (by around 8 a.m.) Bands of heavy rain will push through the state from Thursday afternoon through early evening. And the rain will taper off significantly by midnight - although some models hint at lingering showers along the immediate coast for part of Friday.
The threat of severe weather will remain low, other than localized downpours potentially leading to minor flooding issues. Models show rainfall totals across the state will end up between about 0.6" and 1.8".
A Real Taste of December
As you probably noticed, this December has been one of the warmest on record so far... But we will finally taste some truly cold air this weekend.
Highs on Friday will start to take a tumble. We should still cling to above-normal temperatures in the lower 50s to close out the workweek.
Thermometers will bottom out on Saturday, as highs barely make it to about the 40 degree mark. Exacerbating the cold air will be a stiff westerly breeze, over 20 mph at times. That will keep the wind chill around 30 degrees all day. That's pretty cold! Coats and jackets will definitely be necessary.
By Sunday, highs will moderate to seasonable levels, in the mid 40s. And long-range models suggest we'll actually kick into yet another big warming trend through next week. Temperatures could very well end up near record highs again by Christmas!