Red Flags Beach Currents Rip

Sea Isle City Beach lifeguard John Truax flies a red flag Tuesday from his stand at the 44th Street beach, keeping bathers in only waist-deep water because of the strong rip currents. Tuesday July 24, 2018. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)

All that’ll be left in Hurricane Dorian’s wake Saturday morning will be rough seas and a bit of a breeze, as a seasonable, local’s summer special kind of weekend moves in.

I believe we’re coming out of this with minimal damage or impact. We had our minor coastal flooding Friday afternoon, and the winds were howling. There were four or five gusts in the 40s by late afternoon, with Tuckerton at 51 mph.

In terms of the rainfall, that was always the question mark with this storm.

The heavy shield of rain from Dorian largely stayed away. Rainfall totals were overall light, and besides some showers, it was a dry day.

Dangerous seas will still be present throughout Saturday and even into Sunday in some spots. The massive amount of water churning around from the storm means you still need to take precaution when heading in the water.

Saturday and Sunday will be nice days for the beach — just avoid going into the ocean. Temperatures will start in the mid-50s in the Pine Barrens to low 60s at the shore. We’ll have a partly cloudy sky with a northwesterly breeze.

That breeze will diminish into Saturday afternoon. This is perfect timing for the various parades and festivities throughout the area. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 70s. However, I would not be surprised to see a few 80s pop up in places like Hammonton.

There will still be spotty minor flood stage in Atlantic and Ocean counties from the storm.

If you live or go through a spot that usually floods, please be careful. This will be the last flooding cycle for a while.

Saturday night will be mainly clear and nice for outdoor activities. Temperatures will be in the 70s during the evening. You can leave the windows open at night. Come Sunday morning, temperatures will be in the low to mid-60s.

With Dorian in Atlantic Canada on Sunday, we’ll reap the benefits of a full day of sunshine. That means a warmer day. Under a mostly sunny sky, we’ll get to the low 80s out on the mainland. A little sea breeze will keep things comfortably cool at the shore, in the upper 70s.

As we turn into Monday, we’ll see a frontal boundary stall just to our south.

High pressure will be in New England. We’ll be back into the 70s everywhere on the easterly wind. In terms of rainfall, the closer to Cape May you are, the better your risk for rain. However, even if you see rain, no place will be a washout.

Meteorologist

This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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