Stretch of beautiful weather continues

     Shortly before 7:00 a.m. today off Belmar. (Photo: McKim Photography)

    Shortly before 7:00 a.m. today off Belmar. (Photo: McKim Photography)

    Another cool — yet refreshing — early autumn day is here. If you live in the northwest mountains, you woke up to temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

    Sunny all day with a light west wind. High temperatures will top out in the upper 60s to low 70s. Another clear and cool night, but readings will be slightly warmer: lows in the mid-upper 30s in northern interior sections and low to mid 40s elsewhere. For the remainder of the week, highs will generally be in the upper 60s to around 70 at the coast, low 70s elsewhere. By the weekend, temperatures will rise a few degrees.

    For Saturday, one forecasting model (ECMWF) plotted a coastal system near the coast during a “run” yesterday, while another (GFS) had the storm going well offshore with no impact on our weather (not a tropical system, by the way). Later ECMWF model runs have been well offshore, contrasting with the earlier run taking it near the coast, prompting the National Weather Service-Mount Holly forecasters to write that they “are not buying into the [initial ECMWF model run] at this point.”

    BOAT/BEACH: Excellent conditions all week. This image is from moments ago at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights by Tranquil seas are expected through the weekend. The ocean temperature is in the upper 60s. There is a low risk of rip currents, but with lifeguards off duty at most beaches, exercise extreme caution.

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