Peak hot temperatures in New Jersey on Wednesday: What to know
NEW JERSEY — The Garden State’s post-Labour Day weekend heat is set to peak Wednesday with temperatures “like” in the triple digits, changes to area school schedules and a heat warning in effect for several counties, forecasters said.
Heat indices are set to reach over 100 degrees in areas such as Flemington, Trenton and Vineland, with a slight dip in the upper 90s on the Jersey Shore, according to the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly station.
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As of 9 a.m., 15 New Jersey counties are under a heat warning. Heat index values of 103 could reach 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Salem, Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties; Forecasters said temperatures near 100 degrees are expected in Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union through 8 p.m. Thursday.
“Simply put, the next few days are going to be very hot,” the National Weather Service said. During a heat wave, practice heat safety wherever you are. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable!
Some school districts across the state have already announced early dismissals to combat the heat. The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will cancel classes early Wednesday and Thursday; The Metuchen School District advised parents Tuesday to have “alternative plans in case we need additional early class days.”
Earlier this week, the Gloucester, Camden and Winslow County school districts in Camden County announced that the first days of classes for students would be four-hour sessions.
The National Weather Service said New Jerseyans are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and screen vulnerable relatives and neighbors. The weather service said young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Temperatures are expected to drop slightly on Thursday with a high of 92 degrees, though the warm weather streak won’t see a significant shift starting Friday with the potential for thunderstorms and highs around 85 degrees.
Here’s the latest statewide forecast, according to the National Weather Servicethe service:
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high temperature nearing 87. Winds are northwesterly around 6 mph.
Wednesday night: Clear, and the minimum temperature will be around 71. Winds will be westerly, at a speed of 3 to 5 miles per hour.
Thursday: 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms after 2 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high temperature nearing 89. Quiet southerly winds, with a speed of 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: A chance of rain and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of light showers. Mostly cloudy, low around 70. South wind 3 to 5 mph. The probability of precipitation is 30 percent.
Friday: Chance of light showers, then chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 PM. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Light southeast wind becoming south at 5 to 10 mph in the morning. The probability of precipitation is 40 percent.
Friday Night: A chance of rain and thunderstorms before 8 p.m., then a chance of rain and thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., then a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, the low is about 68. The chance of rain is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts are likely to be between a quarter and a half of an inch.
Saturday: Showers possible, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high temperature nearing 77. The chance of rain is 70 percent.
Saturday night: chance of rain, possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low temperature of about 67. The chance of rain is 60 percent.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values reach 100. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday night: The weather will be mostly clear, and the minimum temperature will be around 72 degrees. The wind will be southwesterly calm, with a speed of about 5 miles per hour.
Thursday: Sunny, high near 94. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night: weak chance of rain and thunderstorms. – Increasing clouds, lows around 72. Southerly winds 5 to 10 knots per hour. The probability of precipitation is 20 percent.
Friday: Weak chance of rain and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 5 to 10 mph. The probability of precipitation is 20 percent.
Friday night: Chance of rain and thunderstorms, especially between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of rain is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts are less than a tenth of an inch, except for possible higher amounts in thunderstorms.
Saturday: Possible showers and possibly a thunderstorm, especially after 2 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high temperature near 86. The chance of rain is 60 percent.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m., then a chance of showers. It’s mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. The chance of rain is 60 percent.