Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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659 FXUS61 KPHI 161930 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 330 PM EDT Wed Aug 16 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Weak high pressure will shift offshore tonight and Thursday. A warm front will lift northward towards the area late Thursday and move through the area Thursday night. At the same time, a cold front will approach the mid-atlantic region from the west. This front will track off the coast Friday night into Saturday. Surface high pressure will return for Sunday and persist into Tuesday. The affects of the next cold are expected to arrive late Tuesday into Wednesday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/... Stationary front remains across the Delmarva and extreme southeast NJ. Some weak shortwave energy will slide along that boundary this evening. With moisture pooling around that boundary as noted by surface dewpoints in the low 70s across northeast MD, DE, and southern NJ, there may be a few isolated showers early this evening. Will keep PoPs capped at slight chance, and not expecting much more than a trace to a couple of hundredths of an inch of QPF. Skies will otherwise clear out after sunset with loss of diurnal heating. High pressure north of the Great Lakes will continue to lift to the north and west tonight, and stationary boundary will begin to lift back north as a warm front. With clear skies and light winds across the region, expecting patchy fog to develop once again tonight. Not expecting the widespread dense fog like we had this morning, but think there is enough low level moisture across the coastal plain of NJ and into the Delmarva for fog development in those areas. Lows tonight will be in the upper 50s in the Poconos and in the mountains of northwest NJ, and otherwise in the low to mid 60s. The urban heat island effect will keep the Philly metro area in the low 70s. High Risk for the development of dangerous rip currents continues through this evening. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... Warm front continues to lift north through the region on Thursday, but may not clear northern zones until late. This results in surface dewpoints in the low 60s north and west of the Fall Line, and in the mid to upper 60s across much of southern NJ and the Delaware Valley. Extreme southern NJ and the Delmarva should have dewpoints in the low 70s. Meanwhile, low pressure currently over the Midwest will track to the north and east, and will move into the upper Great Lakes by Thursday afternoon. Upper level ridging builds into western and central NY/PA during the day, and despite several shortwaves spinning out ahead of the storm system, think most of the precip should hold off until late in the afternoon. Best chances will be across southwest zones, where the dewpoints are the highest. Highs will generally top off in the low to mid 80s, except for the mid to upper 80s in the Delmarva and in the upper 70s along the coasts and in the mountains. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Overview...The period starts with a warm front to our north and cold front across the Ohio Valley. The cold front will cross the region later Friday night into Saturday. By Sunday morning, the front is expected to be well offshore with high pressure building in. The center of the high will move across the region on Monday and then move offshore on Tuesday. A pre-frontal trof is likely to set up on Wednesday as a cold front moves through the eastern Great Lakes. Temperatures...Normals at KPHL will run in the mid 80s and upper 60s through the period. Friday will run near normal with clouds and precipitation present. Saturday will run above normal. Sunday and Monday will run normal. Tuesday and Wednesday will run above normal. No major extremes are in the forecast. Precipitation...PoPs will increase Thursday night into Friday. Calendar day Friday appears to be the most unsettled during the period. We`ll run with likely PoPs most everywhere. PoPs will decrease on Saturday. Small PoPs will be included for Saturday night as a mid-level feature tracks through the region. Sunday and Monday look dry. PoPs will be reinserted into the grids starting Tuesday afternoon. We are included in general t-storms on the day 3 SPC outlook. PW`s will be between 2.0 and 2.5 inches Thursday night into Friday. As such, WPC has our area in a marginal risk for excessive rain. Winds...Winds are forecast to be mainly 15 mph or less through much of the period. Southerly winds will increase on Friday ahead of the cold front. Gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range can`t be ruled out on Friday...especially as one approaches the coast. Winds could also gust in and near thunderstorms. Impacts...Limited through the extended, minus Thursday night through Friday night. Although the SPC Day 3 Convective Outlook has us in general, we`re lying just outside of marginal. We`ll need to keep on eye on the threat for some strong to severe thunderstorms as well as isolated high-rate rainfall. WPC has us in a marginal risk for excessive rainfall. Localized flooding is possible. && .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas. VFR forecast for most terminals through the TAF period. A few isolated showers may affect KMIV/KACY from around 20z-00Z, but conditions should remain VFR, as any shower that develops should be light. Patchy fog possible, mainly at KMIV/KACY late tonight and into Thursday morning. IFR conditions possible during that time. BKN mid deck at 5000-7000 feet will spread into the region during the day Thursday. N-NW winds 5-10 kt early this evening will become LGT/VRB this evening, and then will become S 5-10 KT by Thursday afternoon. Best chances for convection will be at KRDG/KABE, but not until after 18Z Thursday. OUTLOOK... Thursday night...Mainly VFR. MVFR conditions possible in showers and thunderstorms. Fog possible late reducing vsbys. Friday...Fog possible early morning. Additional MVFR conditions likely in showers and thunderstorms. Saturday...Some MVFR conditions expected the first half of the day in isolated showers and thunderstorms. MVFR conditions improving to VFR during the afternoon. Sunday and Monday...VFR conditions expected. && .MARINE... Seas on the ocean have dropped to below 5 feet, so will cancel the Small Craft Advisory for Hazardous Seas that was in effect. West to northwest winds 5-10 KT through tonight, becoming east to southeast on Thursday. Seas remain below SCA criteria. OUTLOOK... Thursday night through Saturday morning...Sub-SCA conditions expected, although gusts could approach 25 knots on Friday afternoon and evening. Showers and thunderstorms becoming likely late Thursday through Saturday. Locally higher seas and winds in heavier showers and stronger thunderstorms. Sunday into Monday...Sub-SCA conditions with no precipitation expected. RIP CURRENTS... A high risk for the development of dangerous rip currents continues through this evening. Long period swells from Hurricane Gert will continue to impact the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey. Swim only in the presence of lifeguards where safety prevails and if beaches are closed...respect the decisions of the local officials. Do we need a reminder? There have been numerous drowning fatalities this year along the NJ coast, and most of those at unguarded beaches. && && .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...None. NJ...High Rip Current Risk until 9 PM EDT this evening for NJZ014- 024>026. DE...High Rip Current Risk until 9 PM EDT this evening for DEZ004. MD...None. MARINE...None. && $$ Synopsis...Kruzdlo Near Term...MPS Short Term...MPS Long Term...Kruzdlo Aviation...Kruzdlo/MPS Marine...Kruzdlo/MPS is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.