Chance of rain, then a week of dry conditions for South Jersey

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A cold front that is prepared to take an afternoon stroll across South Jersey on Wednesday, Aug. 6 may carry the last amount of rain we will see for the next week, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front that is prepared to take an afternoon stroll across South Jersey on Wednesday, Aug. 6 may carry the last amount of rain we will see for the next week, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front that is prepared to take an afternoon stroll across South Jersey on Wednesday, Aug. 6 may carry the last amount of rain we will see for the next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Sinking high pressure, cold front to deliver lower temperatures, dry days

A high pressure system that is sinking out of eastern Canada will set up shop in the northern Atlantic Ocean for the next several days, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

Instead of pushing up warm and moist air from the south, the high will block rain systems and turn them to the south, instead. A weekend rain storm will move through the Virginias instead tromping through the Middle Atlantic States.

Temperatures, thanks to the relatively cool Canadian air, will hover around normal or a few degrees below normal for the next 5-10 days.

Overnight lows will settle into the lower-60s, proving comfortable open-window sleeping weather. Sounds of birds and crickets cold replace the din of air conditioning units for the next few days.

Afternoon rain for South Jersey?

While afternoon cold fronts usually mean a chance for rain and possibly severe weather, today’s passing might end up being more of a wind direction change than a rain maker. The National Weather Service has dropped the chances of rain to 30 percent and NAM future simulated radar has backed off on the odds of rain or heavy rain for this afternoon. Total rainfall is forecast to be less than a tenth of an inch near the Jersey Shore and around a tenth of an inch across western portions of South Jersey. What rain that does fall should be out of the area by early evening.

Still, keep an umbrella handy just in case.

As they say in weather circles, “There is a reason why they play the game.”

This week’s South Jersey weather, by the numbers:

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent . New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent . New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 8 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 6 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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