For the beaches from LBI to Cape May for the first weekend of summer, June 24-25, 2017
The weekend will get off to a wet start with some Saturday morning showers and thunderstorms, with some heavier downpours possible. However, don't let that discourage you as most of the weekend will be dry. Morning rain will give way to afternoon drying and clearing later Saturday, then Sunday looks mostly sunny and more comfortable.
Saturday will be a breezy, warm, and humid day that begins stormy and ends drier. Lower humidity will arrive Saturday night and Sunday.
Temperatures at the shore will be in the low to mid 80s over the weekend, with west-southwest winds around 10-20mph, stronger Saturday and lighter Sunday.
The water temperature spiked into the low 70s last weekend, but has dropped 10 degrees due to upwelling and brisk southwest winds over the past week. Current ocean temperatures are in the low 60s near our beaches, but still low to mid 70s in the back bays and Delaware Bay.
The UV Index will very high later Saturday into Sunday, which means a safe sun time of only 15 minutes before you'll burn. The sun doesn't get any stronger than it does near the summer solstice. Saturday morning's rain will mean no need to worry about safe sun time early Saturday.
High tides occur in the morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with low tides during the early to mid afternoon around 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
There is a moderate risk of rip currents, especially Saturday. Remember no matter the rip current risk, you should still only swim on guarded beaches with lifeguards present.
No matter the weather, have a great day along the South Jersey shore, and as always, stay safe!