Thunderstorms forecast overnight after a dry and sunny Tuesday
Rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds are possible overnight in New Jersey after a warm and sunny Tuesday, forecasters say.
The National Weather Service says the heaviest rain won’t hit New Jersey until after midnight and heads toward sunrise Wednesday.
“Expect some locally damaging winds as well as locally heavy rain starting at midnight tonight over (central Pennsylvania), then over the Interstate 95 corridor and surrounding suburbs, including Trenton to Philadelphia to Wilmington, around Wednesday morning,” the weather service said. He said in the forecast discussion Tuesday morning.
The weather service expects rain to begin Wednesday after 2 a.m. in Newark, after 3 a.m. in Camden and after 4 a.m. in Trenton. In Atlantic City, rain could start as early as 1 a.m
After the initial heavy rain, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible during the day Wednesday.
Tuesday should be a dry and sunny day with temperatures in the low to mid 80s as low pressure systems push off the Jersey Shore.
Beachgoers are advised to stay out of the ocean on Tuesday and Wednesday as there is a high risk of rip currents along the Jersey Shore.
“Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers offshore and into deeper water,” the weather service said.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday should feature dry and sunny skies with highs in the 70s.
New Jersey is not expected to see any serious impacts from Hurricane Lee. Big waves, rough currents and some clouds near the Jersey Shore are likely this weekend, the weather service said.
“Overnight guidance continues to agree on a low that picks up Lee on Friday morning, keeping it offshore and out of our area,” the Met Office morning forecast discussion said. Lee is looking to make his earliest pass sometime Friday or early Saturday.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Lee was 567 miles south of Bermuda with winds of 115 mph. The Category 3 storm is moving west-northwest at 7 mph and is expected to turn northward on Wednesday. Later in the week, the Lee will gain speed and weaken somewhat.
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