Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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248 FXUS61 KPHI 180212 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 1012 PM EDT Wed Jul 17 2024 .SYNOPSIS... A strong cold front will cross the Middle Atlantic region tonight. It will be followed by high pressure for the end of the week and into the weekend. Another upper system and surface front will arrive by early next week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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1010 PM...A line of loosely organized convection oriented NE to SW is ongoing at this hour over NJ extending into Delmarva as it continues to move eastward towards the coast. Generally speaking, these storms are sub severe but still can`t rule out a couple locally stronger wind gusts to severe levels over the next hour or two. However this would be pretty isolated and so we have allowed the Severe Thunderstorm Watches to expire. Heavy rain with localized flooding will also remain a threat though. Storms should eventually give way to just some residual showers before tapering off from northwest to southeast overnight as the cold front shifts further offshore. Behind the front, light NW winds and temperatures falling into the upper 60s to low 70s. Some patchy fog will be possible as well. The cold front should fully cross through the region by Thursday morning but will begin to slow down as it passes to our south and east. So while, the northern half of the area will begin to see some clearing, the southern half of the area (especially near the coast), will see cloud cover linger throughout the day. Isolated to scattered showers and storms may hang up along the southern Jersey shore and southern Delmarva in the afternoon. On the bright side, this cold front will knock down temps and humidity with highs mainly in the mid 80s.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... Front will continue slowly sliding southeastward away from the area Thursday night. A few showers or thunderstorms may linger in the evening across southern Delaware but it should clear out after midnight. Lows will be in the considerably more comfortable 60s for most of the area. Friday looks like the most pleasant day of the forecast as Canadian high pressure briefly builds southward into the area. Dew points will be down into the upper 50s and lower 60s with highs only in the mid to upper 80s with mostly sunny skies and light winds. High pressure starts to push eastward with a lee-side trough developing on Saturday. With winds turning back to the south, dew points will start to creep back up. The increased moisture plus lee side trough combined with a weak upper disturbance working in from the southwest may be enough to bring some scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms by afternoon, especially west and southwest of Philly. Further north and east, dry conditions should prevail. While dew points will be back solidly into the 60s, highs should remain mostly in the upper 80s, so still considerably more comfortable than recent days, but not quite as nice as Friday. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... The stalled front to our south will gradually creep back northward as we head into the middle of next week. Combined with passing upper disturbances, this should result in a general turn towards cloudier, more showery weather, with lower temps by mid week. At first however, Sunday should be similar to Saturday, with some spotty convection possible mainly west and southwest of Philly. Dew points keep creeping up, but temps remain in the upper 80s overall. By Monday the increased moisture is more apparent, as dews start to approach 70 and the front starts to push back north. This should result in a slightly better chance of convection, but again, not huge. Still mainly upper 80s for highs. Tuesday and Wednesday are when conditions turn wetter, with the front pushing back into the area with clouds and scattered showers/t- storms becoming common. This will cause cooler temps as well, with highs down into the mid 80s, but dew points rising into the low-mid 70s. Will need to monitor for any locally heavy rain risks given high moisture and slow moving front in the vicinity, but overall this looks like a beneficial change in the weather. && .AVIATION /02Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas... Overnight...Showers/storms will generally be on the wane heading into the overnight but sub VFR cigs likely in their wake from fog and low stratus. Winds southwest around 10 knots veering to northwest 5 to 10 knots overnight. Moderate confidence. Thursday...Some lingering sub VFR cigs early in the morning with a few lingering showers possible at MIV and ACY. Some afternoon showers and storms possible for ACY. Otherwise VFR. NW winds around 5 to 10 knots. Moderate confidence. Outlook... Thursday night thru Friday night...VFR with no significant weather. Saturday through Monday...mostly VFR with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours.
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&& .MARINE... Small Craft Advisory in effect through Thursday morning for all coastal waters with SSW winds 20 knots gusting up to 25 knots with seas around 5 feet. There will also be some storms moving over the waters that could bring locally stronger winds potentially gusting over 40 knots. By Thursday, winds/seas should be sub SCA but there still could be some lingering showers and storms over the waters. Outlook... Thursday night through Monday...Conditions will generally be below Small Craft Advisory criteria. Wind gusts of 15 kt or less with wave heights of 4 feet or less. Slight chance showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours. Rip currents... For Thursday, winds will turn more offshore out of the west to northwest and decrease to around 10 mph. Wave heights will mainly be around 1-2 feet in Delaware and 2-3 feet in New Jersey with a 7-8 second period. As the winds should be weaker and directed offshore across the region, the risk for the development of dangerous and life threatening rip currents is forecast to be LOW at the DE beaches and MODERATE at the NJ shore on Thursday. For Friday, winds will become northeasterly but remain around 10 mph. Wave heights will mainly remain around 1-2 feet in Delaware and 2-3 feet in New Jersey with a 7-8 second period. Therefore, the risk for the development of dangerous and life threatening rip currents is forecast to be LOW at the DE beaches and MODERATE at the NJ shore on Friday. For specific beach forecasts, visit weather.gov/beach/phi && .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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PA...None. NJ...Air Quality Alert until 11 PM EDT this evening for NJZ012>015- 017>019. DE...None. MD...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 8 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ450>455.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...RCM NEAR TERM...Fitzsimmons/MJL SHORT TERM...RCM LONG TERM...RCM AVIATION...Fitzsimmons/MJL/RCM MARINE...MJL/RCM