The reward for getting through today: a stellar weekend

    The National Weather Service’s map says it all: it’s an active day.

    Heavy rain has fallen overnight in central and northern portions of the Garden State, prompting flooding bulletins. This area is the most vulnerable to flooding today, the National Weather Service advises.

    But the areas not currently under a Flash Flood Watch/Warning are not totally off the hook today.

    While central and southern areas “have a lesser chance” of flooding, it’s not a “zero chance,” as thunderstorms and localized heavy rain will develop and pass through, according to the National Weather Service.

    Today’s weather is brought to you by energy from an approaching cold front interacting with the tropical air mass that is hovering over New Jersey. South to southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph will continue delivering warm and humid air, with temperatures in the middle to upper 80s south and low to middle 80s north. Mostly cloudy all day with, like yesterday, occasional sun.

    Clearing overnight from northwest to southeast as the front passes through, prompting the winds to shift to the west/northwest and making it feel much more comfortable. Cooler tonight in the north, with temperatures in the low-middle 60s, and around 70 in the southern area, which will be the last to experience the frontage passage.

    You’ll wake up to a mostly sunny sky tomorrow, which will be warm with temperatures in the middle to upper 80s. The dry northwest will continue blowing, keeping it feeling very comfortable. Similar conditions for Sunday. So the weekend is looking fantastic!

    BOAT/BEACH: A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for coastal waters out 20 nautical miles from Sandy Hook to Little Egg Inlet until 8 p.m. today. Seas will be kicked up to three to five feet due to southwest winds at 15 to 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. Inexperienced marines and those in small vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. As for the beach, there is a moderate risk of rip currents, so exercise caution and always swim near a lifeguard.

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