As is often the case in mid to late July, it’s hot, it’s humid, and there are scattered thunderstorms peppered throughout your forecast.
Yes, being a meteorologist this time of year is fairly simple, as that first sentence accurately sums up just about every forecast I issue. I suppose I could take the rest of the summer off and check back in after Labor Day. But that wouldn’t be any fun, as I would miss the mid-summer challenges that forecasters face.
For example, here are some questions that still need answering: How hot? For how long? When are thunderstorms most likely? Will any turn severe? And when will some relief finally arrive?
See, there’s plenty to keep me busy despite being amid the mid-summer weather doldrums.
For Friday, the focus is on the heat, as it will likely be the hottest day of the forecast with little cooling influence from the ocean. Both the shore and the mainland should climb above 90 degrees, with the heat index once again nearing triple digits away from the beaches.
While the heat won’t be quite as intense over the weekend, both days will still certainly qualify as hot and humid.
Thunderstorm chances will progressively increase as the weekend unfolds, with later Saturday and all of Sunday seeing a chance of some scattered showers and storms.
The key word is scattered. I’m not expecting any weekend washouts. However, a few strong to severe storms are possible with the threat of strong winds and hail.
Also remember that even nonsevere storms produce torrential rain and frequent lightning.
For example, a Wednesday afternoon storm over my house in Egg Harbor Township wasn’t “severe” in terms of the official definition. However, one of the intense lightning bolts struck nearby, shorting out every television in my home. Reading may be my chosen leisure time activity for a while, but that’s not a complaint.
A few thunderstorms may linger Monday, before some welcome relief arrives courtesy of refreshing ocean breezes starting Tuesday.