Prolonged period of above normal temperatures on the horizon, forecasters say

     (Image: NOAA)

    (Image: NOAA)

    After a long stretch of a below normal temperatures since the winter, you may not believe that a prolonged warmer pattern is about to take hold, but all signs point in that direction.

    According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, there’s a high likelihood of above normal temperatures through mid-May.

    The meteorological reason for the warmer weather is a persistent troughing over the western US and downstream riding over much of the eastern states, according to the National Weather Service.

    These features allow warmer air to filter into the region from the south.

    Forecasters are calling for a high probability of above normal temperatures between May 7 and May 15. The outlook doesn’t include the above normal temperatures that are in the forecast for tomorrow and early next week.

    For the Toms River area, normal temperatures for early May are in the middle 60s, reaching the lower 70s by mid-month, according to the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist.

    According to NOAA, inland locations will be in the 70s next week (around 80 both Monday and Tuesday), but that’s still above normal for this time of year.

    Coastal areas will remain cooler due to daily breezes over the ocean pushing inland. 

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