Record breaking cold early on this Saturday morning under mostly fair skies. The temperature here in Clifton at 5:30 a.m has dropped to 32 degrees which is tied with May 4th 1986 as the coldest May temperature on record. Also snow fell before ending early this morning and this tied for the latest snow with May 9th, 1977. No accumulation was recorded here but the higher elevations of northwest New Jersey and inch or two coated the ground. Gusty northwest winds have lowered wind chill values to the low 20s.
CLIFTON’S ALMANAC FOR MAY 9TH:
AVERAGE HIGH: 69 AVERAGE LOW: 50
RECORD HIGH: 93 – 1979 RECORD LOW: 32 – 2020
YESTERDAY’S HIGH: 56 LOW: 38 PRECIPITATION: .65″
The low pressure that gave us the precipitation yesterday was moving off the New England coast as high pressure builds from the west which will cause a gusty northwest flow of unseasonably cold air. Skies will be partly sunny and there is a slight chance of an afternoon shower that may be mixed with tiny ice pellets. Winds will gust over 30 mph at times with wind chills staying in the 30s all day.
After a chilly morning sunshine will cause milder temperatures by Sunday afternoon along with less wind as high pressure builds over the area.
A weak disturbance will give us a chance of showers on Monday.
Dry weather Tuesday through Thursday, temperatures will be below normal except near normal on Thursday.
A warm front may cause some showers late Thursday night into Friday followed by finally some warmer than normal air.
TODAY – MAY 9TH – Partly sunny this morning then mostly cloudy this afternoon, windy and unseasonably cool, high near 50, wind gusts to 35 mph possible.
TONIGHT – Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear, low in the mid 30s.
SUNDAY – MAY 10 – Mostly sunny, high in the low 60s.
MONDAY – MAY 11 – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, high near 60.
TUESDAY – MAY 12 – Sunny, high in the upper 50s.
WEDNESDAY – MAY 13 – Sunny, high in the low 60s.
THURSDAY – MAY 14 – Partly sunny, high in the upper 60s, chance of showers at night.
FRIDAY – MAY 15 – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, warmer with highs in the mid 70s.
MARINE FORECAST: A gale warning is in effect until 2 a.m. Sunday morning for westerly winds gusting to 40 knots, seas 3-6 feet.
OUTLOOK – No advisories expected during the day on Sunday; possible advisories Sunday night for higher seas; advisories likely Monday and Tuesday; no advisories expected for Wednesday.
Have a nice weekend and stay safe and healthy!