Visible satellite imagery from the morning of May 16, 2013 showing clouds moving southeast through the area.

Clouds, drizzle will give way to a warm Thursday


Spring 2013 certainly has not been “warm” by definition, with plenty of transitions and colder than normal airmasses moving through the Northern tier of the United States. There have, however, been a fair share of warmer than normal days — with several featuring high temperatures well into the 70’s across parts of New Jersey and New York City. Thursday will be another one of those days.

With a warm front moving through the area, some clouds and spotty showers are expected through the morning hours. With time, these clouds will burn off and give way to partly cloudy skies. Temperatures will rise into the mid to upper 70’s throughout much of the area, with parts of New Jersey potentially approaching the lower 80’s. A frontal zone moves through later Thursday Night with a period of clouds (but little precipitation expected), and Friday will end up several degrees cooler — but still pleasant with highs in the lower 70’s.

The main noticeable change will be the wind direction, as west-southwesterly winds on Thursday will give way to northerly winds behind the front on Friday. Looking ahead, some more unsettled weather with showers and storms is expected as we move into the weekend. Details on the weekend forecast are forthcoming in a blog post later this evening!