• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

NJ Weather Triple Threat: Fire Danger, Flooding, Air Quality Warning

NJ Weather Triple Threat: Fire Danger, Flooding, Air Quality Warning

It will be a muggy and warm day with wind gusts up to 25 mph, prompting elevated fire danger and poor air quality across the state.

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NEW JERSEY – Haze from wildfires in Canada, windy and dry conditions have created poor air quality and high fire danger in New Jersey. Also, the chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon means flooding is possible in some coastal areas Tuesday night.

Weather officials issued an air quality warning across New Jersey on Tuesday as smoke and haze from the ongoing wildfires in Canada lingered in the air. This creates unhealthy conditions for sensitive groups during the day and evening on Tuesday.

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“Sensitive individuals, including those with heart or lung disease, the elderly, and the young, should limit strenuous activities and time spent outdoors,” the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters with the NWS said these conditions will only worsen as a cold front passes over the area today.

A Red Flag Wildfire Warning is in effect for most of the state. Strong winds, low relative humidity and dry ground mean fires can spread quickly. Statewide fire danger is listed as “very high,” one step below the highest level of “extreme,” according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

“Use extreme caution with any potential ignition sources today,” the NWS office in Mount Holly advised. “Any fire that develops can quickly get out of control and become difficult to control.”

Isolated showers and “maybe a few thunderstorms” will develop later in the day. The National Weather Service says winds will reach 25 mph throughout the day.

According to the National Weather Service, a coastal flood advisory will be in effect from 9 p.m. today from Ocean County south to Cape May County in New Jersey. Spotty minor to minor coastal flooding is forecast Tuesday night along the coasts of Raritan Bay, Monmouth County, Delaware Bay and the tidal Delaware River.

Here’s today’s forecast around New Jersey from the National Weather Service:

North Jersey

Tuesday afternoon
40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Widespread fog. Smoking areas. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

Tuesday night
Widespread fog. Burning smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

Central Jersey

Tuesday afternoon
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Widespread fog. Burning smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind around 15 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain. New rainfall totals are less than one-tenth of an inch, except for possible higher amounts in thunderstorms.

Tuesday night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Widespread fog. Burning smoke. Mostly cloudy, then gradually clearing, with a low around 53. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain. New rainfall totals are less than one-tenth of an inch, except for possible higher amounts in thunderstorms.

South Jersey

Tuesday afternoon
A chance of thundershowers after 5 pm. Widespread fog. Burning smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind at 15 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain. New rainfall totals are less than one-tenth of an inch, except for possible higher amounts in thunderstorms.

Tuesday night
Widespread fog. Burning smoke. Partly cloudy, with a high of 59. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

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