Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 230736

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
336 AM EDT SAT JUL 23 2016

Frontal boundary sinks through the region today. Then high
pressure builds over the region through the weekend. By Monday, a
cold front will approach from the west, but may stall over the
region through mid week. High pressure may build in from the north
for next weekend.


The weak surface trough that has been in place across our area will
sink southward and be absorbed by an approaching frontal boundary
that is moving southward into the area. There isn`t much cool air
behind the front, it`s more of a dewpoint and wind change boundary.
The dewpoints will drop from north to south later in the day while
it remains hot across the area. We will keep the Heat Advisory in
place where it was previously where heat index values are forecast
to reach 100-105. Outside of the Advisory, heat index values will
still reach the mid-upper 90s, so it will still be quite hot

As the front sags southward through the area and a short
wave/vorticity impulse approaches from the north, there is a chance
for isolated/scattered showers/thunderstorms to develop across the
southern half of the area later this afternoon. Most models keep the
area dry through the day, but the HRRR and RAP do develop some
convection, so we`ll keep with slight chance/chance POPS across the
southern half of the area.


As the front continues to sink southward through the area and the
short wave/vorticity impulse continues southward as well, showers
and thunderstorms could continue into the evening across the
southern portions of the area. So we will keep the slight
chance/chance POPS across the southern half of the area through the
evening hours. Once the front and short wave move south of the area
around or shortly after midnight, any precipitation will come to an

With lowering dewpoints and lightening winds, some areas could be
several degrees cooler tonight compared to Friday night.


Sunday...Surface high entrenched north of our region along with
and upper level short wave ridge crossing the NE US at this time
should keep our region dry on Sunday. With weak surface flow,
expect another day of very low relative humidity values. However,
unlike today, tomorrow winds should be light.

Monday...low level southwesterly flow ahead of the next cold
front develops. This, combined with increasing 1000-500mb
thicknesses thanks to the previously mentioned short wave ridge
will lead to the hottest day of the next week, and possibly the
hottest day we`ve seen so far this year. Additionally, the
southwesterly flow will also be responsible for moisture
advection, leading to increasing dew points and heat index values
above 100 for most of the area. As the front, and an upper level
short wave trough, approaches late in the day, could see scattered
thunderstorms develop. Coverage may be limited thanks to limited
shear and warm mid levels, but if any storms develop, they could
have downburst potential with gusty winds. As a result, there is a
marginal risk for severe storms for some of our region. Will hold
off on mentioning in the HWO for now.

Tuesday and Wednesday...relief behind the cold front will be more
in the form of lower relative humidity values, while temperature
wise, we should only be a few degrees lower as compared to Monday.
depending on where the front stalls, we could see showers and
thunderstorms develop along the stalled front each afternoon and

Thursday and the cooler air mass continues to slide
south, a modest cooling trend should continue. In the upper
levels, expect mostly a zonal flow pattern. As such, could see a
typical summertime convection pattern with isolated to scattered
showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening.


The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG,
KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.

VFR conditions are expected across the area today and tonight for
most locations. There is a chance of isolated/scattered showers or
thunderstorms across the southern half of the area today into this
evening. However, being they are forecast to be isolated/scattered
in nature, we have left them out of the TAFS for now, although we
may need to include the in a TEMPO group in the future. If a shower
or thunderstorm did develop, they could briefly lower VSBYS.

Some patchy fog may develop across mainly the southern portions of
the area later tonight, especially if any precipitation falls across
the area.

Southwest-west winds will become more west-northwest through the
morning and into the afternoon as a frontal boundary moves across
the area. Winds are expected to become gusty around 15-20 knots
through today as well. The gusts will drop off this evening, and
eventually winds will become light and variable most places
overnight. Any directions overnight would be more northwest, become
northeast by daybreak.

Sunday...VFR conditions expected

Monday...MVFR or even brief IFR conditions possible with scattered
thunderstorms...primarily in the afternoon and evening.

Tuesday and Wednesday...mostly VFR conditions expected. A small
chance of thunderstorms on the Coastal Plains and southern
Delaware Valley (including KACY...KMIV...KILG...and KPHL) on


Sub-Small Craft Advisory conditions are expected today and tonight.
However, winds could gust around 20 knots today. A frontal boundary
will sink southward across the waters later today and into the
overnight hours. It is possible that isolated/scattered showers or
thunderstorms may affect the waters later today into this evening.

Sunday...winds and seas should remain below SCA criteria.

Monday...winds and seas on the coastal waters may approach or even
reach SCA criteria primarily from the afternoon through Monday

Tuesday through Wednesday...winds and seas should remain below SCA


With rising temperatures and lowering dewpoints, relative humidity
values are forecast to drop near 30 percent later today across
portions of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and winds could gust in the
low 20s. Summertime is not usually a period when we are concerned
about fire weather, but we will contact our fire weather partners in
NJ and PA to determine if any enhanced statements should be issued.
Farther south across Delaware and Maryland, RH values are not
expected to drop below 35-40 percent, so we have less concerns that
far south.


Record high temperatures Saturday through Thursday.

Site    23rd       24th      25th      26th       27th       28th
----    ----       ----      ----      ----       ----       ----

PHL...  101-2011   98-2011   96-1899   101-1892   101-1940   100-1941

ABE...   99-1955   95-1999   95-1999   98-1940     98-1955    97-1949

ACY...  105-2011  100-2011   99-2010   96-2011     99-2005    98-1999

ILG...  100-2011   98-2011   96-1987   99-1894    100-1894   101-1894

TTN...  104-2011   98-1910   97-1999   99-1892    100-1894   101-1894

GED...  104-2011   99-2011   99-2010   97-2012     98-2005    99-1949

RDG...  100-2011   96-2010   96-1999   99-1940     98-1955    99-1941

MPO...   91-1955   91-1914   90-1999   89-1949     91-1955    93-1949


PA...Excessive Heat Watch from Monday morning through Monday
     afternoon for PAZ060>062-101-103-105.
     Excessive Heat Warning from 11 AM this morning to 6 PM EDT
     Monday for PAZ070-071-102-104-106.
NJ...Excessive Heat Watch from Monday morning through Monday
     afternoon for NJZ007>010-012>014-016-020>027.
     Heat Advisory from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening
     for NJZ012>014-016-020>027.
     Excessive Heat Warning from 11 AM this morning to 6 PM EDT
     Monday for NJZ015-017>019.
DE...Excessive Heat Watch from Monday morning through Monday
     afternoon for DEZ002>004.
     Heat Advisory from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening
     for DEZ002>004.
     Excessive Heat Warning from 11 AM this morning to 6 PM EDT
     Monday for DEZ001.
MD...Excessive Heat Watch from Monday morning through Monday
     afternoon for MDZ008-012-015-019-020.
     Heat Advisory from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening
     for MDZ008-012-015-019-020.


Near Term...Robertson
Short Term...Robertson
Long Term...Johnson
Fire Weather...Robertson
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