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Weather: The last dry beach day of 2021 may be Friday, as fall blast to come
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Weather: The last dry beach day of 2021 may be Friday, as fall blast to come


The warmest Friday since Aug. 27 will be likely as the last gasp of summer air until 2022 starts off the weekend. Saturday will be warm, too, but storms, possibly severe ones, will arrive. On the other side will be a blast of autumn air.

Temperatures Friday morning will start off in the 60- to 65-degree range. Shorts and a T-shirt will be comfortable for your morning stroll or workout as a light southerly wind will blow.

Highs Friday, under plenty of sun, will be in the low 80s for those west of the Garden State Parkway, including Mays Landing, Upper Deerfield Township and Ocean Acres. That will be warmer than any Friday this September, believe it or not. However, the record high at Atlantic City International Airport is 86 degrees, which we won’t hit.

At the shore, expect a midday high in the upper 70s. Then, a sea breeze front will kick in, bringing temperatures down into the 70s for the afternoon. This is all very comfortable, and as I told someone Thursday, if you’re not working Friday, the beach or bay will be the place to be.

Friday evening will fall through the 70s, great for high school football. If you’re heading to the corn maze, it won’t be flannel weather, but hey, it’ll be comfortable. Overnight, under a mainly clear sky, we’ll bottom out in the mid-60s just about everywhere (Spoiler alert: That’ll be our high temperature Sunday).

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Saturday will be warm, though we’ll have to add windy and eventually wet to it as well. Southwest winds will be 15-20 mph sustained, with gusts in the 30s, squeezing out every bit of balmy air available until a pattern-busting cold front moves in. Highs will get to around 80 degrees inland, slightly cooler at the beaches.

A line of showers and storms will pass between 5 and 10 p.m. The rain will be brief, less than two hours. In fact, some places may only see rain for 15 minutes, especially toward the New Jersey Turnpike.

I still believe that damaging winds and, gulp, a tornado are unlikely but in the realm of possibility. Keep checking for more information.

Flooding rain will not be likely, given that the rain will be brief, and not too heavy.

Once the line of storm crosses, we’ll fall into fall. Seventies will turn to 50s in two hours. The muggier air will be replaced by that autumn crisp. The clouds will clear. You’ll wake up Sunday morning needing a sweater, maybe the heat, with lows of 50 to 55 degrees.

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We’ll round out the weekend Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds. A strong northwest wind will blow, tapping into Canadian air. Highs will be the mid-60s, which is actually around average for this time of year. Autumnal outdoor events will be OK, minus the wind. We’ll do the same Monday, too.

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Sunday will be a cloudy, though comfortable day. A cold front will then bring a few hours of rain and then wind to the area Monday. A rollercoaster ride of temperatures then take us through Thanksgiving week.

we'll start off Sunday with some sunshine. Temperatures will be above freezing everywhere, with mid to upper 30s inland and low 40s at the shore. The shore did not actually get the freeze last night, staying just above. So, good news for the vegetable gardens still out there. We'll have another shot next week. 

It'll be a warmer, though cloudier day than Saturday. High temperatures will manage to get into the upper 50s, on a gentle southerly wind. Moisture will be added to the atmosphere, which will set the stage for rain to come. 

It'll be a cloudy, though dry evening as we fall into the 40s. Then, between 10 p.m. and midnight, rain will work in from west to east as a cold front pushes through. The rain will be scattered at first, turning steady for a few hours early Monday morning. Winds will kick up out of the south, gusting in the 25 to 35 mph range. 

Rain will then end between 10 a.m. and noon Monday. Winds will turn to the northwest, bringing in the drier air. Temperatures will likely have risen to the mid-50s by sunrise and we'll stay in the mid-50s all day long as some sun comes out. 

The rain still look slight enough not to cause anything more than isolated issues. Totals of 0.25 to 0.50 inches will be likely. I've taken down the wind forecast from Monday p.m. into Tuesday morning. Sustained winds should be around 15 mph inland, with top gusts around 30 mph. The shore will be sustained around 20 mph, with top gusts to 40 mph. Airlines delays are not ruled out, but most should be OK, great news.

Cold air will push in overnight. We'll fall quickly into the 30s after dark under a mainly clear sky and breeze conditions. You'll want the winter jacket and the scarf. Air temperatures will bottom out in the upper 20s for Marmora and the inland spots, with near 35 readings in Ocean City and the shore. 

The core of the cold will be Tuesday. Highs will sit in the mid-40s, below average for this time of the year and a far cry for the 70 degree weather we had Thursday. Alas, though, these are the ups and downs and fall, and probably the winter as well, per the people I spoke with for our winter outlook video and story. 

As the winds calm down, the sky stays clear and the air stays dry, we'll have radiational cooling Tuesday night, where the heat of the day escapes into outerspace. That means another cold night and the potential for a freeze at the shore. The evening will be in the 30s. Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 20s inland the coast near 32. 

We'll claw our way back up to seasonable for the rest of the holiday week. High pressure will sit nearly overhead Wednesday. That will allow the sun to warm us up, but it's a weak, late November sun and will only pop up one to three degrees higher than Tuesday.

Thanksgiving itself will actually be pretty comfortable. The morning will be in the 30s for most spots, rising up to the upper 50s under plentiful sunshine. A football catch with the kids or grandkids would be a great idea, if everyone was up for it. 

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