Forecast: Warm Monday before cold front moves through

NAM Model showing high temperatures reaching the 70 degree mark in parts of New Jersey on Monday afternoon. Notice the cold front approaching from the west with a sharp temperature gradient.

Warmer weather was the story of Sunday, and plenty of people did their best to enjoy it. Temperatures warmed into the 60’s and even neared 70 in isolated locations Sunday afternoon. Much of the same will be the case on Monday, so get out early and enjoy the warm air while it’s still around! The reason we’re pushing it? A cold front is already on the way and will pass through the early on Tuesday. Although the air behind it isn’t arctic, per se, it still will have plenty of push and will bring temperatures much cooler than we’re experiencing now. In the meantime, temperatures will soar into the upper 60’s to low 70’s in many areas on Monday. Not only will it feel pleasant, but it could even feel warm out there. The front will cross early Tuesday morning, with much cooler temperatures behind it and northwest winds.

Monday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s in some areas. Warm southerly winds. Enjoy it!

Monday Night: Increasing clouds, temperatures remaining in the 60’s in many areas directly ahead of the front. Winds will get a bit stronger as the front approaches.

Tuesday: Cloudy early with temperature sin the 60’s to start, front approaches by late morning with a chance of showers. Temperatures falling rapidly behind the front into the 40’s and 50’s. Winds turn northwesterly and become a bit gusty.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with highs in the 50’s. North winds and a new, fresh high pressure system will keep things cool despite the sun.

Looking ahead: Cool, but pleasant air looks to remain in the area through the weekend. Temperatures will moderate a bit by the weekend with highs climbing into the mid 50’s. By early next week, forecast models are hinting at a potential weak coastal storm which could bring clouds, showers, and dreary weather. But the details remain uncertain. We’ll keep an eye on it.