Foliage

Sunny days and cool nights in September and October are ideal for getting vibrant yellow, orange and red leaves in the fall.

Sunday will be early-November perfection, with sun and temperatures on target for this time of year. Then, unsettled weather makes its return to the forecast for the beginning and end of the week.

High pressure will move from Virginia into New England on Sunday. That puts South Jersey right in the middle of it, and the result will not disappoint many of you.

Brilliant sunshine will be the case. According to the New Jersey State Parks, our corner of the state will be in near peak (coast and Cape May County) or peak (elsewhere) for the next couple of days. So a trip to the park would be my recommendation for the day. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s.

On a side note, winter is very near. We have made our yearly ritual of a pre-5 p.m. sunset. Our first measurable snowfall at Atlantic City International Airport will be Monday.

On Sunday night, an onshore flow will keep temperatures near seasonable. Lows will be in the mid 40s on the mainland to the low 50s at the shore. Clouds will build in throughout the night.

A weakening storm system will approach from the south during the day. This will actually be a piece of the long-ranging system that passed through Friday night. Monday morning will be mostly cloudy and dry. However, rain showers do develop midday. A few periods of rain are possible as it continues into the evening rush. Overall, it will not be a noteworthy rain. Highs will be muggy and mild, in the mid 60s.

Rain showers will then be present through the evening. A warm front will lift through the state late Monday night or Tuesday morning. Whenever it does, the rain will stop. We’ll see a few breaks of sunshine for Election Day. There will not be any major issues heading out to the polls, though if you want to stay dry, keep it toward Tuesday morning.

We will just catch the cold front portion of a strong low pressure system that cuts through the Great Lakes. A few hours of rain Tuesday night will be from the front as winds flip to the southwest, so it will not be a washout. I believe we’ll have enough juice for a thunderstorm, too. Highs fall just shy of 70.

Furthermore, keep an eye on the Monday evening high tide. There will be spotty minor-stage coastal flooding.

Move your cars if needed, and prepare for water on the first block or bayside roads.

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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