After days of unseasonably mild temperatures, a colder regime arrives for the last few days of the year, forecasters say.
At the Jersey Shore, temperatures today will top out in the lower to middle 40s, dropping to the upper 30s for daytime highs through New Year’s Day, according to NOAA. Overnight lows will be around 30 degrees.
“Colder, more seasonable air will progress into the Northeast into New Year’s Eve,” said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said in a report.
Generally tranquil weather is on tap for the week, which will end with a chance of precipitation over the weekend. The current NOAA forecast calls for temperatures back into the 40s then.
National Weather Service forecasters note that weather models differ with respect to potential stormy impacts during the weekend.
Looking forward, WeatherWorks Long Range Expert Meteorologist Brian Marmo says that prolonged cold is unlikely in the near future.
“Heading into mid-January, a more progressive pattern will be favored across the lower 48 states. This means cold shots will likely not have staying power and milder air will return from time to time,” he said.