~It's mid-July and you know what that means, the dog days of summer have begun! Temperatures however, will become more comfortable as we finish off the work week. High pressure well to our north over southeastern Canada and northern Maine will bring easterly onshore winds to the state Thursday and Friday resulting in cooler temperatures. Highs for the mainland in the low to mid 80s, 70s for the shore. Mostly sunny skies will be the case both days. If you are planning to go to the beach, be aware of an elevated rip current and high surf risk. This is due to hurricane Chris turning up the western Atlantic as he races northeastward well away from the U.S. east coast. Please make sure to swim with life guards present and avoid swimming around jetties where rip-currents are more likely. East winds at 10-15mph and occasional gusts to 20mph should keep the bugs inland! Also wear plenty of sunscreen with UV index's averaging around a 10 for most areas.
SUNDAY & Early Next Week:
~Not only will the jet-stream remain well to our north and west, high pressure will become established off the east coast Sunday and into the middle part of next week. This will bring a southwesterly return flow (since high pressure systems spin clockwise in the northern hemisphere) and allow for increasing humidity and hotter temperatures. Highs Sunday into at least Tuesday of next week will likely to be in the upper 80s and lower 90s with high humidity. Partly to mostly sunny skies will also be the case with little to no precipitation expected. The middle part of next week becomes tricky as the next cold front may begin to move in from the west. Given the timing of this front will determine if we can extend the heat and humidity into Wednesday and Thursday. Stay cool and enjoy the hot, sunny summer weather!
Alexander Bronsky, Meteorology Intern SNj News