Did we fast forward to fall? Courtesy of a cold front, portions of northwest New Jersey dropped down into the 40s overnight, while the coastal plain remained in the upper 60s-low 70s. The ocean temperature is currently warmer than the air.
Today will feature unseasonable weather. This photo by Steve Scanlon Photography from this morning in Long Branch is the perfect representation of the current conditions, which will continue all day.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today along the coastal areas with a nearly stationary frontal boundary over the ocean, according to the National Weather Service, with more isolated precipitation along the I-95 corridor. With clouds and a breezy northeast flow dominating all day, temperatures are not expected to reach 80 degrees anywhere.
Conditions will improve tonight — especially along the coast which has the greatest chance of precipitation — and overnight lows will once again be cool. A mixture of sun and clouds Friday, with temperatures in the low 80s at the coast, mid 80s inland. Looking ahead to the weekend, temperatures will begin to slightly creep up. Although a bit unsettled, Saturday remains the pick, with partly cloudy conditions and a chance of showers and thunderstorms. At this point, Sunday looks more unsettled, with overcast conditions and scattered showers and thunderstorms. Not a washout.
BOAT/BEACH: With a northeast wind today, flies will not be a problem. The northeast wind is kicking up the surf into the 3-4′ range, prompting the National Weather Service to declare a moderate risk of rip currents today. Ocean temperatures, already in the low-mid 70s, will rise with the northeast flow, thanks to warm water being pushed in from the Gulf Stream. As for boating, the National Weather Service is monitoring wind gusts and wave heights to determine whether a Small Craft Advisory is needed later. Keep this in mind if you plan on heading out to the ocean.
Justin Auciello is editor of JSHN, a content partner with NewsWorks.