New Jersey Weather: Temperatures could drop into the 20s after two warm days this week
Enjoy the warm weather ahead Tuesday and Thursday of this week, because long-term forecasters say a wave of cold air will sweep through the New Jersey area over the weekend.
Although there are no threats of early snow at this time, temperatures could drop into the 20s overnight Sunday into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
“Canadian high pressure will drop southward from the Great Lakes region across the north-central Atlantic and Northeast by Sunday,” the weather service said. “Cleaner, drier air could bring cold lows overnight, possibly dropping into the 20s across much of our region by the end of the weekend.”
Some computer guidance models favor continued cold temperatures across our region Sunday into next Tuesday, with daytime highs remaining in the upper 40s to mid 50s, the weather service said.
As for the long-term outlook, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center expects a trend of warmer-than-normal temperatures and wetter-than-average conditions later this month, especially between November 18 and December 1.
Looking ahead to the key winter months of December, January and February, the Climate Prediction Center believes that temperatures will on average be warmer than normal and that total precipitation — rain, snow or sleet — will rise slightly above normal in the New Jersey region.
The trend this week is a bit of a roller coaster ride, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday afternoon high temperatures will rise into the upper 60s to low 70s before temperatures dip into the low 40s overnight and falter in the low 50s on Wednesday.
After that, temperatures should rise to the low 60s on Thursday and drop into the mid 50s on Friday and Saturday, then into the low 50s on Sunday, with overnight lows in the low 30s.
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