A coastal flood warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. Monday along the New Jersey coast, Delaware Bay and other waterways due to additional water being pushed onto land by winds in gusts associated with a coastal storm system that persists off the Atlantic coast.
The warning, issued by the National Weather Service, covers coastal areas of Atlantic Counties, Southeast Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean.
Forecasters say minor to moderate flooding could occur, mainly during high tide cycles, in coastal and bay communities and along inland waterways. Some roads could become impassable due to high water levels, and some vulnerable structures could suffer water damage, according to the weather service.
For areas of New Jersey away from the waterways, Monday – when Columbus Day is celebrated – is shaping up to be a mostly cloudy day with temperatures hovering around the 70’s. There is a low risk of scattered rain showers, mainly in areas closest to shore, thanks to still circulating moisture from a storm system that has persisted for days off the coast of North Carolina.
This storm system is expected to move further offshore and offshore over the next couple of days.
Warmer air on the way
Although New Jersey will still see plenty of cloud cover on Tuesday, the skies are expected to become partly sunny this afternoon and also Wednesday, then mostly sunny Thursday and Friday as warm southwest air seeps in, forecasters say. .
Warm air is likely to push temperatures into the upper 70s later this week, and parts of the state could even see readings of 80 degrees by Friday. It would be about 10 degrees warmer than average for mid-October.
If the long-term forecast holds, a cold front will move through New Jersey late on Saturday, bringing the threat of rain and cooler temperatures on Saturday night and Sunday.
Current weather radar
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