Heat, gusty winds, thunderstorms and maybe an offshore hurricane for South Jersey

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Well, at least we are not getting snow. But almost every other form of nasty weather that Mother Nature can roll out at South Jersey remains on the table. The dangers on Wednesday could include strong thundertorms, gusty winds, and large hail. Then there are possible rip tide dangers on July 4 caused by what could become the first hurricane of 2014./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Well, at least we are not getting snow. But almost every other form of nasty weather that Mother Nature can roll out at South Jersey remains on the table. The dangers on Wednesday could include strong thundertorms, gusty winds, and large hail. Then there are possible rip tide dangers on July 4 caused by what could become the first hurricane of 2014./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Well, at least we are not getting snow. But almost every other form of nasty weather that Mother Nature can roll out at South Jersey remains on the table. The dangers on Wednesday could include strong thunderstorms, gusty winds, and large hail. Then there are possible rip tide dangers on July 4 caused by what could become the first hurricane of 2014.

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service for the rest of the work week and the July 4th weekend:

Heat, thunderstorms likely for Wednesday

Tropical moisture will combine with hot summer-like temperatures to create oppressive conditions on Wednesday, July 2 in South Jersey, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

Temperatures in many South Jersey mainland locations could reach the lower-90s. Combined with a soupy air mass, those high temperatures could push the heat index readings to near an oppressive 100 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday for hot and humid conditions across the Middle Atlantic States.

Heat index values could flirt with 100 degrees over much of the Philadelhpia, Delaware and South Jersey area on  Wednesday, July 2./NWS Heat index values could flirt with 100 degrees over much of the Philadelhpia, Delaware and South Jersey area on Wednesday, July 2./NWS The urban heat island along the I-95 corridor could reach a heat index to 105 degrees.

An approaching cold front will trigger dangerous thunderstorms later Wednesday and into the early evening hours, the Weather Service said.

“Some thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening may become severe with locally damaging winds and large hail,” the National Weather Service said in issuing its outlook. “Localized heavy rainfall could result in poor drainage and urban flooding.”

Hurricane Arthur

During the overnight hours of Monday, June 30 into Tuesday, July 1, the first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season formed off the east coast of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The depression is expected to form into the season’s first tropical storm later on Tuesday, July 1. Then it should become the first hurricane of the season – Hurricane Arthur – on Wednesday, July 2.

Hurricane Arthur is expected reach the strength of a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of greater than 74 mph. Hurricane Arthur should move generally to the northeast adn eventually target Nova Scotia in the Canadian Maritimes.

While the exact path remains unclear, forecasters say, Hurricane Arthur should follow the gulfstream and track just off of North Carolina’s outer banks. Arthur should turn out to sea by the time it reaches South Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States.

However,  Hurricane Arthur could track close enough to the Jersey Shore to cause rough surf and windy conditions on Friday, July 4 and into Saturday, July 5.

Also, an approaching cold front could tap into some of Hurricane Arthur’s moisture field and spread rain showers along the I-95 corridor, the National Weather Service said.

The first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season is expected to form into Hurricane Arthur later this week./National Hurricane Center The first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season is expected to form into Hurricane Arthur later this week./National Hurricane Center Conditions on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 should improve greatly, the Weather Service said.

Keep informed

As they say in the weather world, conditions change so check back often.

Like us on Facebook by clicking on Shore Weather Today

Ready for a heat wave: Do you know when South Jersey's warmest days are?

Around 2 inches of rain is expected to fall along portions of the East Coast later this week all thanks to a humid air mass, an approaching cold front and the first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season./NWS Around 2 inches of rain is expected to fall along portions of the East Coast later this week all thanks to a humid air mass, an approaching cold front and the first tropical storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season./NWS

 


blog comments powered by Disqus