By Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted July 12, 2019 at 07:28 AM
If you’re planning to hit the beach this weekend, the Jersey Shore is looking steamy as the Garden State braces for what could be its second heat wave of the summer.
Although clouds will dominate the sky on Friday, thanks to those slow-moving thunderstorms that dumped heavy rain across parts of New Jersey on Thursday, bright sunshine is expected to return on Saturday and Sunday.
Forecasters say inland areas of the state could see some patchy fog in the morning on Friday and there’s a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm, but the afternoon should be hot and dry. Those hot and dry conditions will linger through the weekend, with some areas of the state reaching 90 degrees for three straight days by Tuesday or Wednesday.
(A heat wave occurs when the mercury hits 90 degrees or higher for three consecutive days.)
Here’s how the forecast is shaping up for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Rip current risk
Good news for swimmers at the Jersey Shore: The National Weather Service says the risk of dangerous rip currents on Friday, July 12, will be low.
In addition, the ocean temperatures are forecast to range from 74 to 75 degrees, which is 4 to 5 degrees warmer than usual for early July.
For the latest outlook on the possibility of dangerous rip currents at the Shore, check the National Weather Service’s Surf & Rip Current Forecast.
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