nws_max060408.jpgThere may be a stray shower or two this morning but most of the rain has moved eastward. The rest of the day will remain cool and cloudy as the cold front that passed brought last night's rain goes stationary over southern New Jersey. The front isn't going to do much of anything until late Thursday. Showers are possible again tonight and tomorrow morning. Highs today and tomorrow will be in the lower 70s at best.

A radical change is in store for Friday. The word "hot" returns to the weather forecast for the first time since last August. A ridge of high pressure is expected to build from the south, pushing the cold air and clouds well to the north and bringing summer to the city. Forecast highs for Friday range from the mid 80s to lower 90s. Because the ocean water is still cold, it will be cooler along the shore.

The forecast is uncertain in the details but hot and humid conditions are likely to stick around through next Monday. At this point skies are looking clear for the weekend. There's some instability associated with the arriving air mass so a stray thunderstorm is not yet out of the question.

Today's high temperature forecast from the National Weather Service