Before we talk weather, I must implore you all to go the polls at some point today and VOTE!
Today’s forecast may discourage some people, but there will be windows.
While it is foggy, damp, and dreary this morning, it’s not a bad time to sneak to the polls if possible. As we approach lunchtime, showers and thunderstorms will move in from the west. While Long Island was in a ‘marginal’ (level 1) severe risk yesterday, that area has been pushed to the southwest into southern New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic. Due to a few atmospheric factors, it’s looking the gustier winds will have a hard time mixing down to the surface. Still, it will be a nasty afternoon at times with heavy rain and some lightning. Despite the stormy weather, today’s high temperatures will be at their warmest this week, in the mid 60s.
On a side note, there is a chance of some very minor coastal flooding for the south shore back bays of Nassau and Southwestern Suffolk at high tides today. This mean water levels of 1 to 2 feet above normal.
Rain will end this evening and skies will clear overnight. If you are unable to get to the polls before midday, 7-9pm will be the next best thing. The lines may be longer but you will avoid inclement weather.
The sun is back tomorrow, with seasonable temperatures around 60°. It remains sunny on Thursday but afternoon highs drop into the 50s. Clouds increase Thursday night and a chilly rain is in store for later Friday. As that next system departs, we get another cool shot of air for the weekend and into next week. Saturday will be windy with highs only in the 40s, under partly cloudy skies. With the wind, it will feel like the upper 30s at times. Actual temperatures will dip well into the 30s by Sunday morning, making for a cold Veterans Day morning. Dress warmly if you will be attending any outdoor ceremonies.
Have a great day!
–Meteorologist Geoff Bansen