Dark clouds fill the sky in Margate Saturday morning as the last remnants of an overnight nor’easter pass through the area.

Claire Lowe / Staff Writer

The coastal storm is well out to sea, which means a beautiful Sunday is on tap.

Onshore winds have subsided a bit, and high temperatures should top out in the very comfortable range of mid to upper 70s. It might feel more like a September day than what you would expect for late July.

Go ahead and open up the windows tonight if you can. Low temperatures should dip into the lower 60s with a north-northeast breeze. Fog is a hard read for now, but land temperatures will be bottoming out 10 to 15 degrees below ocean temperatures.

What matters most is how close dew points and temperatures come together. That is something I’ll be watching and reporting live on social media.

Monday through Wednesday should continue the beautiful weather. Temperatures should top out in the lower 80s under mostly sunny skies for this stretch. Overnight low temperatures will fall into the upper 60s, mainly due to marine influence. These conditions overall should be quite enjoyable and preferable for coastal business interests along the Jersey Shore.

The most noteworthy weather event of the coming week comes in the form of a frontal passage Wednesday night into most of Thursday. This slow-moving cold front could bring light to moderate precipitation as well as thunderstorm activity. I’ll be monitoring and discussing that here each day as we approach.

Ocean temperatures have backed down to near-average values. We’re no longer dealing with the result of prolonged southeast flow, the culprit for ocean temperatures approaching 80 over the past few weeks. I follow the data output of ocean buoys 44065, 44091 and 44009, which currently read 72 to 73 degrees.

The key with these temperatures is wind direction. Westerly winds will blow the warmer, higher-density surface water out to sea, allowing cooler water to upwell beneath. Easterly flow will do the exact opposite and push warmer surface Gulf Stream water onto the beaches.

I would expect an increase in Atlantic hurricane basin tropical activity in the next few weeks. Again, no current threats to the New Jersey coast, but it’s time to start monitoring anything tropical that does develop.

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