The coldest air of the young meteorological winter season arrives later this week.
A cold front will sweep through the Jersey Shore on Thursday, leading to a noticeable difference in temperature from most of the workweek, according to the National Weather Service.
High temperatures at the Shore will be mostly seasonable this week around 50 degrees. But by Friday, highs will drop to around 40 degrees, becoming even cooler on Saturday in the upper 30s.
With a brisk northwest breeze building in behind the cold front passage, a wind chill will make it feel even colder. Overnight lows at the Shore will be in the lower to middle 20s inland and upper 20s to around 30 degrees at the Coast.
But the cold blast won’t stick around for long. High temperatures on Sunday are likely to climb back to the middle 40s, reaching around 50 degrees by Monday.
Meteorological winter is the coldest portion of the year, running from December 1 through the end of February.