“Abnormally dry” conditions building across South Jersey into next week??

For the month of June, Atlantic City has seen 1.76 inches of rain, which is about an inch below normal. For the year, we are standing at 2 inches below normal. The weekly Drought Monitor shows Far South Jersey in “Abnormally Dry” conditions.

While we’re not doing too bad in the rainfall department, farmers could likely benefit from a little more rainfall to help out with the crops.

However, will the “abnormally dry” conditions continue to spread northward? Yes, it’s possible.

As we head into next week, the ridge of high pressure will expand across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. This will help to keep most of the rainfall to our north and west and a return to a more typical summer pattern across South Jersey with highs in the 80s and perhaps some 90s.

However, as we head into July, there are some signs that the ridge could retreat back to the south and west. This could put us back into the “ring of fire” with storms riding along the edge of high pressure. If this happens, we could see rounds of showers and thunderstorms (some on the severe side) as we head into Independence Day Weekend and beyond.

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