Holiday traffic and threat of rip currents no matter, folks are headed shore-ward for the final long weekend of summer. Meteorologist John Cifelli told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that weather on Labor Day weekend will be similar to how the weather has been for much of August.
“Well the weekend is going to start off similar to what much of August was,” said Cifelli. “It will be relatively cool across much of the state. Temperatures right around 80, 81 degrees and then as we get closer to September and that start of meteorological fall, that’s when things are actually going to get a little bit warmer.”
As the holiday weekend progresses, Cifelli said that temperatures will begin to rise on Sunday and that humidity will increase, as well as a chance of showers in the afternoon. According to Cifelli, Sunday and Monday will be the warmer days of the holiday weekend.
As for the threat of rip currents, Cifelli said that there have been a couple of times where surf has been dangerous due to Hurricane Cristobal moving up the Atlantic sea board. According to Cifelli, some beaches had red flags flying for the threat of rip currents but in Point Pleasant Beach, a yellow flag has been displayed, which means swimmers should still be cautious.
With the summer season reaching its last few days, there has been buzz about this summer being a cool one. Cifelli said that August has been cool, but the weather is not impacted directly on a week-to-week or month-to-month basis by climate.
“So it just happened to be a relatively cool August and really is one of the coolest Augusts in recent memory,” said Cifelli. “Now funny thing about this weekend is that it will be cooler on Saturday and then more summer-like on Sunday and Monday as we turn up the heat, turn up the humidity.”