Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Surging Sixties

If you can deal with the cool start around the region this morning, today is probably the wall-to-wall nicest day of the week.  Temperatures will bounce quickly from our start in the 30's in the Delaware Valley, with some lower 40's at the Shore, into the lower and middle 60's across the region this afternoon.  We're pegging a high of 63 in Philadelphia but it wouldn't surprise if we get a couple of degrees higher than that if everything breaks right.  High pressure is moving off the coast and a nice southwest breeze will set up shop later today, pushing warmth into the region.  That southwest breeze is a blessing to those who like warm weather but all that dried out, dormant vegetation in the region won't be happy...there is a heightened risk for brush and grass fires around the region this afternoon as a byproduct of the breezes, low humidity levels, and milder temperatures.

Southwest breezes should average between 10 and 15 miles per hour across I-95 and South Jersey, around 10 miles per hour northwest of the city, but could gust over 20 and 25 miles per hour in spots this afternoon.

Sunshine should dominate -- perhaps a few high level clouds passing by this afternoon in parts of the region, like yesterday, but just 15 to 20 degrees warmer!

Thursday will be a touch warmer than today but will feature less sunshine -- clouds will be on the increase ahead of a cool front that passes through early Friday morning with a round of showers.