Ocean City Boardwalk Mostly Cloudy

Ocean City boardwalk near 5th Avenue on September 19, 2018.

The tropics dominate our weather pattern for the rest of the work week.

We continue the warm and humid weather until Thursday, then, we will watch Tropical Storm Michael in the Gulf of Mexico for our Thursday into Friday.

Tuesday will start similar to how it did Monday, with low clouds and areas of fog. Give yourself a few extra minutes if you will be driving.

We are optimistic the fog burns off quicker than Monday. The reason is because winds will switch from onshore (southeast) to offshore (southwest) throughout the day. So expect expect the day to be partly sunny,with a low risk of a brief shower. High temperatures will respond accordingly, in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. Apologies to your hair, but the humidity will be there, too. 

Tuesday night will see the fog roll back in as the humidity stays high. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy. Lows will range from the mid-70s at the Jersey Shore to the upper 60s in places like Folsom and Mullica, very balmy, but not near record levels.

Wednesday again will have morning fog that burns off for sunshine. The ridge of high pressure that has dominated our pattern since the weekend will begin to break down. It’ll still keep its grip on the warm weather, however, the chances for rain will slightly bump up.

The warm and humid air mass will be enough for a few showers. They will just be isolated and mainly limited to the mainland. No washout will be expected and outdoor plans are still a go. Highs will be in the upper 70s to near 80 again.

For the beach lovers out there, the last two days of the warm sand will be Tuesday and Wednesday. Water temperatures are above average, as they have been for most of the year, currently in the low to mid-70s. That being said, the beaches are unguarded and besides dunking your toes in, would not go more in than that. 

 bonus October beach weather will continue on Tuesda 

Thursday should start dry. However, all attention will be turned to two weather players. The first is a potent low pressure system and cold front trekking through the northern tier of the country. The second will be Michael, which will make landfall around the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday night and move northeast. Thursday afternoon to Friday morning will be the focus time. Road and river flooding will be the main concern. However, if Michael becomes the main factor, then gusty winds and coastal flooding will be added in as well.

What does the inside of a hurricane's eye look like?

As the storm system rotates faster and faster, an eye forms in the center. The eye is where the center of low pressure is, as air is sucked up high into the atmosphere in a counterclockwise fashion (clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere). Image is via NASA. 

Again, minor stage coastal flooding will be likely in spots for the Tuesday morning high tide. This should mainly be in the back bays and around Cape May County.

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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