South Jersey rejoices: Bring on the cool

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A summer-time polar express promises to cool off temperature and dry off South Jersey after a wet and hot start to the month, according to an outlook posted by National Weather Service./NWS A summer-time polar express promises to cool off temperature and dry off South Jersey after a wet and hot start to the month, according to an outlook posted by National Weather Service./NWS

A summer-time polar express promises to cool off temperatures and dry off South Jersey after a wet and hot start to the month, according to an outlook posted by National Weather Service.

As the middle-afternoon hours arrived, temperatures across most of the South Jersey were hovering around the 80-degree mark on Wednesday, July 16 under a clearing sky. Combined with comfortable humidity levels, the real feel temperature seemed to be about 20 degrees cooler than yesterday’s oppressive 99-degree reading.

South Jersey mainland temperatures have reached 87 degrees or warmer on eight days since July 1.

Rain, rain go away!

Clear skies began to appear around noon on Wednesday, July 16 after nearly three days of heavy, on-again and off-again thunderstorms pounded South Jersey. By the time they moved out this morning, several rounds of flooding rains had resulted in street flooding in many communities up and down the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.

Since July 1, 4.2 inches of rain has fallen at the Atlantic City International Airport where the National Weather Service records official South Jersey measurements.

South Jersey: Working for the weekend

If you’ve been waiting for some dry time, this is it.

The non-polar vortex push of cooler-than-normal air is creeping along the East Coast today. Several days – perhaps five in total – of sunny, relatively cool and relative dry weather will fill in behind it.

If weather forecasts hold true, the next five days will offer plenty of time to get outdoors to work, to play and to enjoy.

Expect the rest of Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 to be mostly sunny with seasonably cool high temperatures in the lower 80s, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows could dabble into the upper 50s in some inland locations.

Cloudy conditions start to move in on Friday as high temperatures move into the middle 80s. While those temperatures are warmer than today, they are a refreshingly few degrees cooler than normal.

The first chance of rain doesn’t appear until Sunday evening when the National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

Learn more about the cool down and how long it will last by  clicking here.

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