Sunday should be a much better day than Saturday.
A cold front has pushed all remnant energy out to sea overnight, and we are once again under the influence of high pressure.
This means mostly dry skies with a pleasant feel and possibly even a cool northwesterly breeze.
Through about Tuesday, we should have a hint of early fall taste. The coastal ocean temperatures will remain in the mid-70s, which will buffer the immediate coast from getting too cool.
Inland areas, especially the Pine Barrens, could dip to the 50s/lower 60s the next few overnights. Afternoon high temperatures, however, should still reach their near-average upper 70s/lower 80s.
The biggest difference in feel will be the temporary reduction of humidity from cooler west-northwest flow. A chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms is small.
High pressure will slide into the ocean and provide a southerly return flow for Wednesday through about Thursday.
Another low-pressure system should move through the Great Lakes into southeastern Canada and reinforce the southerly warm-sector flow heading into the weekend.
With that said, Wednesday through at least Saturday looks to feature warmer temperatures and slightly increased humidity.
An early look at next weekend indicates a potential rain system moving through from northwest to southeast. It’s a bit early and far out but would make sense with the potential frontal activity Friday into Saturday. I’ll watch this in the next few days.
Invest 99L continues to project a track well offshore. Upper-level atmospheric steering currents, primarily the Bermuda High and the frontal boundary that just moved offshore, will keep Invest 99L offshore.
Despite the out-to-sea miss, the National Hurricane Center is giving Invest 99L a moderate-to-high chance of tropical development as it passes between the East Coast and Bermuda.
While New Jersey is not expected to see direct tropical impact from whatever becomes of Invest 99L, beachgoers should beware of strong rip currents. Listen to lifeguards, and pay attention to beach flag colors. Unfortunately, the ocean has already claimed a few lives this year.
Marine conditions indicate continued southeast swell of 2 to 4 feet with ocean temperatures in the mid-70s.
A super-early look at the Aug. 21 solar eclipse forecast indicates partly sunny conditions. Get it? In all-seriousness it’s still a bit outside of forecast.