For the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2016
After a week of Indian summer, it's back to fall reality this weekend, with dramatically cooler air returning to South Jersey on blustery northwest winds.
Clouds and perhaps a morning shower or two on Saturday should give way to some sunshine, but it will be very windy and chilly, with temperatures steady in the mid to upper 50s.
Sunday looks nicer, albeit still breezy, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 60s.
Gale warnings are posted for Saturday for strong northwest winds gusting over 40 knots, with seas as high as 4 to 8 feet. Sunday will still be breezy, but not quite as windy, with a westerly wind that still may gust to 30 knots.
High tides will occur around in the early to mid afternoon each day, with low tides just after sunrise and sunset over the next few days.
Water temperatures have been steady and in the mid 60s, both in the ocean and in Delaware Bay. for much of the week. That's about 6-8 degrees our mid-to-late October averages, which is in the upper 50s. However, a prolonged period of both cool temperatures and brisk winds should start a gradual descent of our near shore water temps.
There remains an elevated rip current risk, worth noting due to the absence of lifeguards this time of year.
No matter the weather, have a great day along the South Jersey shore, and as always, stay safe!