All-time record cold for May is expected this weekend with parts of the Northeast and Midwest anticipating snow and the potential for a New England bomb cyclone! The strong cold front sweeping across the Midwest and East will make it feel more like late March than early May. High temperatures will be 10 to 25 degrees below average Mother's Day weekend and much of the Northeast will stay in the 40s on Saturday. Merchantville will have a high of 47 and low of 35 today. Protect those seedlings and newly planted gardens!
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly warns that multiple threats can be expected over the next 24 hours. Tornadoes, damaging winds, and very large hail are possible from the South on Sunday into the mid-Atlantic by Monday. Very strong winds, severe weather, heavy rainfall, even coastal flooding on the Chesapeake. A strong storm system will approach our area Sunday night into Monday. The main hazards associated with this system will be strong to damaging wind gusts and the potential for severe storms on Monday. Additionally 1-2 inches of rain can be expectedDamaging winds, with large hail and even an isolated tornado are possible Monday with the severe storms. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds.
The hottest week of the climatological year is upon us according tho NWS Mt. Holly. Temperatures turn warmer this week, but record highs should not be threatened. The problem is the increasing humidity, as heat index values will exceed 100 degrees several days late this week. Today will be another beautiful day today with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 80s to low 90s. The human body is normally able to regulate its temperature through sweating, until it is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death. Stay cool and hydrated. Heat safety tips from the National Safety Council.