Lake Lenape Lighthouse Cloudy

A double dose of showers and storms will be present Thursday and Friday. With the last weekend of April here, I don’t see many April showers to come with our approaching May flowers.

Temperatures on Thursday morning will be cooler than the past couple of mornings, but still above average. We’ll be around 50 degrees everywhere, with a partly sunny sky. Clouds will slowly increase Thursday, ahead of a system ejecting out of the Midwest.

A few sprinkles have been present on Thursday morning and that will continue throughout the rest of the day. Rain is falling well up in the clouds. However, a dry slot just above the surface will eat break down the rain into just spotty spritzes for the day. Most outdoor plans will be fine.

Otherwise, a cooler, east wind develops. This will keep afternoon highs cooler than the past couple of days, but still about 5 degrees above average. We’ll see around 70 degree readings for highs and around 60 at the shore.

The evening will be dry, and balmy for April yet again. Temperatures will be good for sleeping with the windows opened (if you don’t have allergies). They’ll slowly slide from the 60s and 50s. Rain showers will develop between 1 to 3 a.m., but even this should just be off and on. By Friday morning, we’ll be in the mid-50s.

The wetter day will be Friday. Again, we’ll be washout free for most of the day. Scattered showers will come through. A warm front will lift during the late morning. After, we should be even less wet with just an isolated shower for much of the afternoon. If your event or outdoor work is not sensitive to rain, you’ll be OK. Highs will be in the mid-70s inland, while the shore and Delaware Bay coastline will hover closer to 65. 

The center of a low pressure system will enter the northern fringes of the state late Friday. Rain will develop around 5 p.m. A few rumbles of thunder will be present as well. Keep the rain gear handy into the night.

So we enter the weekend wet, but what about Saturday and Sunday? We have Bayfest in Somers Point on Saturday, plus yard sales, lawn mowing and the like. Well, we have some good news.

The rain will clear out during the early morning hours Saturday. A strong northwest wind will blow behind the rain, scurrying out the wet weather, and clouds. The sun will rapidly come out of the clouds as we start our Saturday, and the sunshine will last all day long. We’ll start around 50 degrees and rise to 60-65 with a diminishing afternoon breeze. Saturday night will be cool and crisp, almost like a fall night.

Sunday, I believe, will stay dry, if barely. A low-pressure system will move just to the north of the region. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds, with it feeling just a little bit warmer than Saturday. Winds will pick up out of the southwest late.

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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