After a pleasant day, heat and humidity arrive Tuesday

     A freshly groomed Seaside Heights beach at about 8 a.m. today (Image:

    A freshly groomed Seaside Heights beach at about 8 a.m. today (Image:

    With high pressure still in control, a comfortable late summer day is here, but with a warm front approaching tomorrow, heat and humidity begin to build, peaking Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a cold front passage are expected Thursday, and tranquil weather returns for Friday into the weekend.

    Mostly sunny to start, with a mixture of sun and clouds during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs in the low 70s at the coast, mid 70s inland, and lows in the low to mid 60s tonight. Winds are out of the northeast, switching to the southeast during the afternoon at 10-15 mph.

    Heat will begin to pump in from the south tomorrow. Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s inland, upper 70s to low 80s at the coast. Sun and clouds. Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week. The National Weather Service advises that heat indices are expected to hit the mid to upper 90s over many areas for a period during the afternoon. Even the coast will be warm and humid. Sun and clouds.

    Thursday will be slightly cooler than Wednesday. Sun and clouds. A cold front will pass through during the evening, and showers and potentially strong thunderstorms are expected ahead of the front during the afternoon and evening hours.

    Tranquil, dry, and comfortable weather returns for Friday, when high pressure begins to build, sticking around for the weekend. Saturday looks like the coolest day, when highs will range from the upper 60s at the coast to the low 70s inland.

    BOAT/BEACH: With an onshore flow today, flies will not be a problem, but the choppy conditions breed a moderate rip current risk, so exercise extreme caution at the many unguarded beaches. It’s going to be a nice beach day. Breakers and ocean swells are about three feet, and the ocean temperature is in the mid 70s. The National Weather Service does not envision any marine advisories through Friday.

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