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000 FXUS61 KPHI 241933 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 333 PM EDT TUE MAY 24 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure near Cape Cod will track northeast overnight into Wednesday. At the same time, high pressure will shift from the Ohio Valley to the Eastern Seaboard. A frontal boundary is forecast to settle across the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic Thursday through Monday. High pressure is expected on Tuesday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING/... Low will continue to lift away from the region overnight leading to clearing skies. Removed mention of fog overnight as we have already seen dew points drop into the 30s in the Poconos, and the dry air advection should continue through the remainder of the day. Even with many locations near 80 this afternoon, still expecting temperatures to drop into the 50s overnight thanks to prime radiational cooling conditions. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM WEDNESDAY/... The big story tomorrow will be a dramatic warming trend as the ridge axis slides closer to our region. Have gone slightly above the highest guidance for max temps tomorrow given that the models have recently had a cold bias. With large 1000-500mb thickness increases and mostly clear skies, there are several factors promoting a warming trend and only one factor - a sea breeze, if it develops - that could temper the highs. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... Overview...the period will be dominated by an east coast ridge and west coast trof aloft and a weak surface front that is forecast to meander across the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic through Monday. The front could sag as far south as northern PA and NJ from time to time and help to trigger showers and thunderstorms as well affect temps with a stronger onshore flow on the northern side of it. A washout is not anticipated, but with the front in place combined with afternoon instability, some locales will get wet. Temps...Normals for PHL through the period are in the mid 70s and mid 50s. With 925 temperatures rising at or above 18 degrees C through Sunday (we`re about 13 degrees C this afternoon), an extended period of above normal temps can be expected. On Monday and Tuesday, a slightly cooler synoptic airmass is forecast to arrive. An onshore flow could also help to lower temps. Temps are going to be the warmest across the interior, with highs about 10 degrees above normal through Sunday, cooling Monday and Tuesday. Along the coastal plain, temps will rise into the mid to upper 70s through Saturday. Sunday is expected to be cooler closer to the ocean as a more onshore gradient develops. Right along the beaches and boardwalk, a chilly seabreeze can be expected each afternoon through Saturday with water temps still in the 50s and the interior forecast to be in the 80s. Sunday through Tuesday, beach temps should be cooler altogether with a more persistent onshore flow. Keep an eye on the surface front to our north. If the surface high building across Quebec is stronger than expected, the front could sag further south and cool temps to levels that are lower than what`s forecast. The further south one goes along the NJ coast and along the DE beaches, confidence is higher that the front will be a non- issue. Precipitation...with the front just to our north or in our vicinity, combined with climbing dewpoints (up to the mid 60s) and instability, afternoon showers and thunderstorms could pop any day across the interior through Saturday. A washout is not expected. We`re talking about isolated to scattered POPS common in a summertime regime. Precip chances spread to the coast on Sunday and Monday. Winds...mainly from the south or southwest through Saturday and less than 15 mph. Winds could turn more easterly on Sunday, more likely on Monday and Tuesday. With ocean temps in the 50s and the I95 forecast to be in the mid 80s, a seabreeze will no doubt develop and push inland. So during the afternoon hours through Saturday, winds are forecast to become more southeast to east. Hazards...The probability for widespread hazardous weather is low through the period. && .AVIATION /20Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas. Mostly VFR conditions are expected through the TAF period. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible through 22Z. However, have not included this in most of the TAFS as the limited coverage means that there is low confidence that any one TAF site will be affected. Winds will be generally shifting between northwesterly and southwesterly though direction could be variable between 00 and 12Z as winds become light. Outlook... Wednesday night...VFR. West to southwest winds up to 10 knots. Thursday through Sunday...VFR overall, however brief times of MVFR/IFR conditions are possible each afternoon and evening due to a few showers and thunderstorms, especially across the I95 terminals westward. South to southwest winds 15 knots or less. A seabreeze front in expected to track westward through the afternoon hours, so a turn to the southeast should result where the seabreeze front crosses. && .MARINE... Winds may gust above 20 kt at times this evening on the southern coastal waters, but winds and seas are expected to stay below SCA criteria tonight and tomorrow. Outlook... Wednesday night through Sunday...A ridge aloft over the area combined with high pressure at the surface to our south and east will allow for mainly a prolonged southerly flow across our area, potentially through Saturday night. Winds could back more onshore on Sunday. Conditions are expected to be below Small Craft Advisory criteria through the period. Seabreeze circulations are expected to develop each day, so an increase in winds can be expected along with a bit of chop across the nearshore waters during the afternoon hours. && .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...None. NJ...None. DE...None. MD...None. MARINE...None. && $$ Synopsis...Kruzdlo Near Term...Johnson Short Term...Johnson Long Term...Kruzdlo Aviation...Johnson/Kruzdlo Marine...Johnson/Kruzdlo is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.