NJ weather turns downhill: Cloudy and unsettled through the weekend
Wednesday will be cool and breezy, with a chance for a light shower or sprinkle.
As promised, Tuesday was a simply gorgeous Spring day, with beautifully blue skies and seasonable temperatures mostly in the 60s. Unfortunately, our weather will now take a turn downhill. In fact, at least a slight chance of rain exists in the forecast for the next five consecutive days.
The area of high pressure that kept skies clear and temperatures pleasant on Tuesday has already shifted off-shore. So, clouds have already started to fill in across the Garden State Wednesday morning. Skies should become mostly cloudy by Wednesday afternoon. That will keep temperatures at bay, in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees at best. That's a bit below normal for mid-April, and probably "light jacket" weather. In fact, Wednesday could very well be New Jersey's coolest day in about a week and a half.
A weak storm system will pass north of New Jersey on Wednesday, so I have to keep a slight chance for a shower or (more likely) a sprinkle in the forecast too. The best chance for raindrops will be North Jersey, but I wouldn't rule out a smattering of moisture anywhere in the state. We'll stay mostly dry on Wednesday, so an umbrella isn't necessary.
Wednesday night looks cloudy, with a continuing shower chance. Low temperatures will dip to around 50 degrees overnight.
A new warming trend begins Thursday, but our stretch of unsettled weather will continue as well. We'll see a chance for showers, with embedded thunderstorms possible too. Best sense of rainfall timing would be the Thursday morning. High temperatures will bounce upward about 10 degrees, into the upper 60s. We may even hit 70 on Thursday. Not bad, in between those scattered raindrops.
A cold front will approach and pass across New Jersey sometime Friday, probably in the morning. That will push another line of showers across (most of) the state, again probably in the Friday morning hours. I'm hopeful we'll get some sunshine by Friday afternoon. Despite the cold front, our warming trend will continue and peak on Friday — I expect lots of 70s and even a few 80s.
Saturday's weather looks dormant and fair, with seasonable high temperatures in the 60s along with a mix of clouds and sun. It will almost certainly be the nicer day of the weekend.
Our next storm system will bubble up from the southwest late Saturday through much of Sunday, presenting a period of steady rainfall. I don't want to call Sunday a "washout" just yet, but it does look like a "mostly wet" kind of day.
The latest model timing for this batch of rain now shows clearing skies by Monday, setting up delightful springtime weather for the start of next week.