Unsettled workweek continues; sunny weekend ahead

     A lone gull on a gloomy day at the Belmar Marina. (Photo by Jim Abels Photography)

    A lone gull on a gloomy day at the Belmar Marina. (Photo by Jim Abels Photography)

    A gloomy weather pattern will continue until Friday, clearing just in time for the weekend, forecasters say. 

    The culprit for the unsettled weather since Monday is a humid air mass, raising the chances for heavy downpours associated with any showers or thunderstorms, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ.

    As the work week progresses, chances increase for stronger thunderstorms, with the greatest threat on Friday and Friday night, according to the service. 

    The service says Friday will likely feature more widespread coverage of showers and thunderstorms, with increasing likelihood into the evening hours with the frontal passage.

    “We are no expecting much in the way of severe weather, although strong gusty winds are possible with any thunderstorms,” a service forecast discussion states. “The main concern we have will be the continuing possibility of heavy rain.”

    High pressure will then begin to build across the area, clearing the way for a pleasant weekend.

    “Dry weather is expected, and even though temperatures are expected to rise a couple of degrees above normal. Dewpoints will be around 10 degrees lower than the last couple of days, so it will feel nice outside,” the forecast discussion states. 

    Temperatures are expected to be in the middle to upper 70s near the coast and lower 80s inland, according to NOAA.

    Photo by Jim Abels Photography

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