October to likely feature above average temperatures at the Jersey Shore

Image via NOAA.

Image via NOAA.

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.

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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.

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