Thunderstorms, showers again today with cooler temperatures ahead
Forecasters say it will be a wet start to Monday in New Jersey with scattered showers this morning and thunderstorms possible this afternoon after multiple rounds of storms over the weekend.
While heavy rain is possible later today, the National Weather Service is not forecasting gusty winds or severe weather. Highs this afternoon will drop into the lows into the mid 80s before falling into the 60s overnight.
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There are no advisories or warnings in effect for the state, although there is a slight risk of heavy rain in the five northeastern counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union. It is also possible to isolate scattered flash floods.
More than 3 inches of rain fell overnight in multiple areas in the Garden State, with Greenwich in Cumberland County receiving 5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
Other places that recorded more than 3 inches of rain:
- Monmouth Beach (Monmouth) 3.79 inches
- Columbus (Burlington County); 3.66
- Mannington (Salem) 3.6
- South Harrison (Gloucester) 3.58
- Cream Ridge (Monmouth) 3.4
- Woodstown (Salem) 3.26
- Cinnaminson (Burlington) 3.16
There are no current rip warnings Monday morning, but they will likely be issued in the coming days as Hurricane Lee moves north across the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of miles from the Jersey Shore.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, the Category 3 storm was 340 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest at 7 mph. Lee packs maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and is expected to bend north. Wednesday.
Hurricane Lee is expected to make landfall in eastern New Jersey as a Category 3 storm on Saturday, far enough offshore that strong tropical winds will not reach the state, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Although it’s not entirely unlikely that Lee’s track will shift slightly westward, the weather service in Mount Holly also says Lee will not approach New Jersey.
“It still appears that there will be no direct impacts to our area, but an extended period of larger swells/surfs and dangerous rip currents are expected,” the National Weather Service said in discussing the forecast Monday morning.
Tuesday is forecast to be dry and sunny before further rain is possible on Tuesday night and Wednesday ahead of a dry and slightly cool half-week.
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