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People dealing with heavy rain and strong winds along Atlantic City Boardwalk Thursday Nov 15, 2018. Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer

High pressure begins to trek offshore Wednesday keeping the day mainly sunny with temperatures in the mid-40s range.

Consider Wednesday the calm before the storm as an active, wet weather pattern kicks in Thursday into Friday.

Thursday starts with thickening clouds that move in during the morning. Temperatures climb to the mild low-50s for a high. Low temperatures do not sink by much either.

By Thursday afternoon, showers are already underway, continuing throughout the night and overnight. The evening brings strong winds that will whip throughout the night.

Friday, the winter solstice, is even milder up to near 60 degrees!

But, Friday will have nonstop heavy rain and winds all day. The highest winds will be in the morning. As a result of the steady rain, there will almost certainly be flooding.

Coastal flooding is the main concern for Friday. Additionally, stream and river flooding are at risk. Consistent showers Friday qualify this system as a big soaker event, covering a wide area across South Jersey. Throw in the full moon, and flooding is going to be a problem.

Atlantic City International Airport climate records indicate that 2018 is the second wettest year of all time, so far. After this week’s rain event, there is an excellent chance that the 1948 record of 65.80 inches will be broken.

For the current year, the airport has reported 64.58 inches, the most year-to-date.

A shattered record looks favorable on Friday for the all-time highest wet year in recorded history, which dates back to 1943.

Friday night, the low system will move out of the region, converting heavy rain to spotty showers, leading to a cloudy night. The low will stick to the mid-40s.

Saturday is going to be quite a breezy day. Temperatures will also take a drastic drop. A low of 32 at night reminds us winter has officially arrived.

Sunnier skies are on their way Sunday, but the strong winds will hang around, though not for the entire day. Colder air moves in, as well.

Monday, there is active weather action that will stay north of the region. Monday evening, expect partly cloudy and chilly conditions — a perfect night for reindeer and a sleigh to safely land.

Christmas Day looks calm, weather-wise.

Alexa Trischler, a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in Meteorology, is filling in while Press Meteorologist Joe Martucci is away.

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