Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ
FXUS61 KPHI 260408
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
1208 AM EDT THU MAY 26 2016
Our area will remain on the western periphery of an area of high
pressure located over the ocean off the east coast through the end
of this week into the weekend. A backdoor cold front may approach
the area from the north this weekend, but should end up remaining
to our north. An area of low pressure moving into New England early
next week is forecast to bring a cold front across our area around
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/...
1230 am estf: Projecting minor temperature adjustments otherwise
what is posted will work fine.
Its a fair night with still relatively low dewpoints.
.SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 AM FRIDAY/...
A mostly sunny very warm day is ahead with a few locations in our
forecast area likely nudging 90F for the first time this year,
mainly vicinity KPHL northward along and west of the NJT to KABE
and KRDG. Wind this afternoon south to southwest gusting to 15 mph
with the afternoon til to an ocean influenced sea breeze also
keeping max temps significantly lower along the coasts. Max temps
in the interior around 10 degrees above normal.
Thursday night...chance of a shower or thunderstorm advancing
eastward into our forecast area...during the late evening, mainly
eastern PA and northern NJ. A milder night than what is occurring
early this Thursday morning. Min temps around 10 degrees above
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
A summer like pattern continuing with a warm, above normal period
ahead for our area for the end of the week, through the weekend,
and into early next week. Also, chances of showers and
thunderstorms basically each day.
High pressure will remain to our east well offshore through the
end of the week into the weekend, with our area on the
western periphery. This will keep a southerly flow across the
area. Meanwhile, ridging aloft begins to take place as well. In
turn, thicknesses will rise into the weekend, helping
temperatures rise well above normal. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
look to be the warmest days of the upcoming forecast period. By
Monday, the ridge aloft breaks down some, so the temperatures may
cool down a couple of degrees. However, the ridging may return for
Tuesday into Wednesday which would allow temperatures to rise a
few more degrees.
There will be a chance of isolated to scattered showers each
day, especially during the day with afternoon heating. The best
chance of shower/thunderstorm activity will be tied to individual
vorticity, short wave impulses.
A backdoor cold front may approach the area over the weekend,
but should stay north of the area. If it does make its way into
our northern areas, it could hold temperatures down on the
northern side, and possibly bring a higher shower potential. But
for now, we do not expect it to make its way into our area.
There is some timing differences with the next actual frontal
passage, with the GFS bringing the front through on Tuesday, and
the ECMWF bringing the front through on Monday. We`ll keep closer
to the GFS and and WPC with a late Tuesday passage. Either way,
there will still be a chance of showers and thunderstorms both
.AVIATION /04Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG,
KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.
Through 12z Thursday...VFR with a few cirrus. Small chance of
isolated MVFR VSBY near 10z Thursday but dewpoints are so low that
fog is unlikely. Light south to southwest wind.
After 12z Thursday...VFR. Sct clouds aoa 6000 ft, mainly this
afternoon. South to southwest wind should gust 15 kt this
Thursday night...VFR sct-bkn aoa 6000 ft. Chance of a shower or
isolated tstm...mainly KRDG, KABE after 03z/27.
FRIDAY-Monday...Generally VFR during the day through the period.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly during the day,
which may temporarily lead to lower conditions. Some fog
development overnight into the morning each day.
No marine headlines anticipated through Thursday night.
High pressure located off the coast will maintain a southwest to
south flow on the coastal waters of New Jersey and Delaware for
tonight and Thursday. Wind speeds of 15 knots or less are expected.
Wave heights on our ocean waters should favor the 2 to 3 foot range.
Waves on Delaware Bay will be 2 feet or less.
Friday-Monday...Sub-small craft advisory conditions expected.
Winds may gust near 20 knots, especially Thursday night through
The Philadelphia monthly average temperature continues to project
only about 1f below normal... with this current end of the month
stretch of above normal temperatures denting the first 24 days,
nearly 4 degree below average.
Also the Philadelphia month of May precip total of 5.14 inches
ranks 20th wettest dating back to 1872. Atlantic City has had 4.87
is ranked #21 wettest dating back to 1874 and Wilmington`s (DE)
5.55 inches ranks 18th dating back to 1894.
We may add more information by 5am Thursday.
Near Term...Drag/Iovino/Nierenberg 1208a
Short Term...Iovino/Drag 1208a