84° / 62°Sunny 0%
87° / 69°Sun and Clouds; A PM T-storm 30%
92° / 72°Partly Sunny; Night T-storms 0%
83° / 58°Early Shower; Sun and Clouds 40%
80° / 57°Mostly Sunny 0%
79° / 56°Sunny 0%
80° / 57°Mostly Sunny 0%
79° / 58°Partly Cloudy 0%
79° / 62°Partly Sunny 0%
78° / 61°Showers 0%
TONIGHT: Clear and comfortable; some late night patchy fog. Low: 62
MONDAY: Patchy morning fog; otherwise sunny to partly cloudy, warm and more humid. A spotty p.m. shower or t-storm. High: 87
MONDAY NIGHT: An early shower or t-storm otherwise variable clouds and muggy; some patchy fog late. Low: 69
Sunday turned out to be much more comfortable compared to the last few days. With a big area of dry high pressure overhead, we saw plenty of sunshine with lower dew points and afternoon highs in the low to mid 80s. Dry high pressure will remain overhead tonight so that will make for some very comfy sleeping weather with clear skies, calm winds, and overnight lows in the low 60s. The Poconos may very well get down into the upper 50s. It’s not out of the question a little bit of fog develops across rural, low-lying sheltered areas, but it shouldn’t be too terribly dense.
Monday will bring us the highly anticipated “Great American Eclipse,” a relatively rare total solar eclipse of the sun. Granted, we won’t see totality here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as you have to head well to our south to the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Kentucky to see 100 percent of the sun entirely blocked by the moon for a few minutes Monday afternoon. We will still be able to see a partial eclipse, around 75% coverage, and most importantly, we should have ok viewing conditions with at least partly sunny skies expected on Monday afternoon. It does now look like a few showers or thunderstorms may approach from the west during the afternoon as a weak warm front moves in, but hopefully not until after the eclipse has ended. No severe weather is expected at this time. The eclipse will begin around 1:20 p.m. and end around 4 p.m., with the peak occurring around 2:43 p.m. and lasting just a few minutes. Remember, never look directly at the sun without special glasses as damage to your eyes can result. You can also safely view the eclipse by making a special “pinhole” device to portray the effects on a piece of paper. If you miss this eclipse, the next one doesn’t occur until 2024.
For Tuesday, a southwesterly wind flow will really bring back the heat and humidity. Temperatures should be topping out in the low 90s for many of us with the heat index/real feel temp a few degrees warmer than that. A cold front will be approaching from the north and west late in the day. Scattered showers and t-storms will be possible with the front moving through late Tuesday Night into early Wednesday. We will need to monitor for the potential of a few strong to severe t-storms. If the front moves a little quicker and the storms come in earlier in the day Tuesday, the severe threat may be greater. With the overnight passage that is currently anticipated however, the severe threat should be limited due to the loss of daytime heating. It’s certainly something to keep a close eye on over the next couple days.
Behind the cold front that moves through overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday, a very pleasant air mass is expected to settle in for the second half of next week. Cooler and less humid air will settle in Wednesday with clearing skies. Dry high pressure then takes a strong hold on our weather for the end of the week right into next weekend. This will make for highs in the 70s to around 80, very low humidity, and comfy cool overnight lows. The Poconos may get down into the 40s a few nights.
The tropical Atlantic has gone from rather active to less threatening over the last day or so. Tropical Storm Harvey weakened in his trek across the Caribbean Sea, degenerating into an open tropical wave Saturday night. While there are a few more tropical waves in the open waters of the Atlantic, chances for development have been lowered across the board, so there are no imminent tropical systems to track at the moment. However, there is still the chance that Harvey could try to redevelop over the next few days.
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