“Indian summer” ahead for mid-week

     Thompson Park in Middletown. (Photo: JSHN contributor Robyn Leigh)

    Thompson Park in Middletown. (Photo: JSHN contributor Robyn Leigh)

    The ongoing shot of late November-like temperatures ends tomorrow as warmer air from the south filters in for the mid-week period. 

    Beginning Tuesday, temperatures will begin to rebound, hitting near or just above normal and five to 10 degrees above normal Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. 

    That translates to temperatures in the middle to upper 60s Tuesday and lower to middle 70s Wednesday and Thursday, although slightly cooler at the immediate coast. 

    And with many areas experiencing a freeze last night and another on tap for tonight, the mid-week conditions will meet the definition of “Indian summer.” The only potential exception is the immediate coast, where a freeze is possible tonight. 

    A National Weather Service historian writes that the most popular definition is as follows:

    It is an abnormally warm and dry weather period, varying in length, that comes in the autumn time of the year, usually in October or November, and only after the first killing frost/freeze. There may be several occurrences of Indian summer in a fall season or none at all.

    According to the National Weather Service, for most spots at the Jersey Shore, the first freeze is not typically until late October into early November. 

    But first, there’s one more day of cool conditions, with sunny skies and temperatures around 50 degrees. By Friday through the weekend, we’ll drop back to around 60 degrees. 

    There’s no measurable precipitation in sight through next weekend. 

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