The Bottom Line

My best description for this forecast: We are expecting two different flavors of pleasant weather. Tuesday will be warm and summerlike, feeling like June. But Wednesday turns much cooler with a refreshing breeze, more reminiscent of April.

I am growing increasingly concerned about the lack of rain recently. Month-to-date rainfall is running almost 2 inches below normal for May. And there are only two chances for quick showers on the horizon: Tuesday evening and Saturday. Bad news from a drought perspective. We also need a good soaking to wash the pollen out of the air.

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Tuesday

We have reached the warmest day of the week. Also the cloudiest. And the most humidity. And the best chance for a shower.

We are starting off Tuesday morning with sunshine and temperatures mainly in the 50s. There are a few pockets of 40s in the usual cool spots. Viewer discretion is advised when it comes to wearing a jacket or skipping it.

High temperatures Tuesday afternoon will soar to the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. Clouds will increase from late morning through the afternoon, but I think skies will stay bright in general.

A southwesterly breeze will kick in Tuesday afternoon too. Keeping the warm air moving around. And also counteracting any sea breeze, allowing even Jersey Shore towns to warm to almost 80.

With a cold front to the north and a storm system to the south, New Jersey will squeeze out a quiet, warm, pleasant Tuesday. (Accuweather)
With a cold front to the north and a storm system to the south, New Jersey will squeeze out a quiet, warm, pleasant Tuesday. (Accuweather)
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The daytime hours look dry. But starting around dinnertime, a batch of showers will approach South Jersey. To be safe, I will say raindrops could affect the southern half of NJ Tuesday evening — that's along and south of the Interstate 195 corridor. Some model forecasts keep raindrops closer to a "Cape May County only" trajectory. In any case, rain will be limited — less than a tenth of an inch of total rainfall is expected.

For the rest of Tuesday night, skies will clear. A cold front will pass through New Jersey early Wednesday morning. But overnight temperatures should remain in the 50s for most of the state.

Wednesday

A very different weather day, as temperatures turn about 15 degrees cooler compared to Tuesday.

It will still be a nice day overall though, as brilliant sunshine and blue skies return. You will definitely notice the refreshing breeze blowing out of the west, occasionally over 20 mph. A good day to open up the windows and air out the house/car.

Highs will be limited to the mid 60s Wednesday. That is a smidge below normal for this time of year.

Thursday

About the same, with slightly calmer winds.

More sunshine. More dry weather. More 60s.

A new cool, dry air mass will take control of New Jersey's atmosphere later this week. (Accuweather)
A new cool, dry air mass will take control of New Jersey's atmosphere later this week. (Accuweather)
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One important note though: Thanks to perfect radiational cooling conditions — clear skies, light winds, and a dry air mass — Thursday morning's low temperatures could dip into the 30s across a substantial segment of inland New Jersey. It might even be cold enough for some frost — a concern for gardeners, farmers, etc.

Friday

As the wind direction turns from west to southeast (remember, we report the direction wind blows from), Friday warms up a bit. Inland New Jersey will make a run for 70 degrees. But the coast will be cooler, stuck in the 60s, thanks to that on-shore breeze. (Ocean water temperatures are in the 60s now.)

It's hard to call this late week forecast unpleasant, despite cooler than normal temperatures. (Accuweather)
It's hard to call this late week forecast unpleasant, despite cooler than normal temperatures. (Accuweather)
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A few clouds will come into play Friday. But overall, it will be another nice, dry day to end the workweek.

The Weekend & Beyond

Temperatures return to the 70s for both Saturday and Sunday. However, there is a decent chance of rain showers sometime during the day Saturday. Timing and duration of that rainfall is still up in the air, as are expected totals and other impacts. Just like last weekend, Sunday will probably be the brighter and better day.

Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest forecast and realtime weather updates.

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