Don’t pack your warm weather gear away just yet.
The remainder of October is likely to feature above average temperatures.
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center forecasts between a 70 and 80 percent chance of above normal temperatures in New Jersey between Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. A 60 to 70 chance of similar temperatures continues through Oct. 16.
But that doesn’t imply summer-like heat.
In Toms River, the normal temperature for Oct. 15 is around 67 degrees, according to the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist.
A sticky, tropical air mass is likely to develop late week and continues into mid next week, featuring periods of rain and some nights when temperatures might stay above 70 degrees.
In a report, AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok says the days with above average temperatures could be offset by “significantly cooler” days. Still, most days could still feature above average conditions.
Those looking for a prolonged chilly period will have to wait.
“We don’t see any sign of a big blast of cold air sweeping from the northern Plains to the East like some people are looking for just yet,” Pastelok said.