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Easter Bunny bringing near-record warmth

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In a perfect world, the nicest weather in any seven-day forecast falls on the weekend, especially a holiday weekend.

And for at least this week, South Jersey will achieve weather perfection as unseasonably warm sunshine makes for a summery Easter Sunday across the area.

If you care to extend your weekend by a day, Monday is looking equally as suntastic.

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Unless the warmth overperforms by about 5 degrees, no record highs are likely to fall Sunday. The number to beat for April 16 at Atlantic City International Airport is 89 degrees, set in 2002. While I think most mainland communities will surge as high as the mid 80s Sunday afternoon, the record is likely just out of reach.

What about the beaches and boardwalks? As is usually the case in the spring, it’s all about the wind. A wind from the south or east is a cool wind that originates off the still-chill 50-degree ocean. A west wind comes off the land and brings the warmth right down to the shore.

For Easter, our wind is from the southwest, which means mixed results. That wind direction should keep the immediate coast from reaching 85 degrees, but I’m thinking there’s enough of a land component to the wind to allow most shore locales to climb well into the 70s. If the wind backs to the west just a bit more, 80 is not out of the question even along the shore.

We’ll keep the sunshine Monday, with a northwest wind spelling mid 70s for all, shore and mainland alike. As winds shift from the east by Tuesday, an ocean breeze will mean cooler temperatures for everyone, although we’ll hold onto the sun and associated blue skies.

Rain chances finally increase later in the week, with parts of Wednesday and Thursday looking wet, though probably not washouts. Cooler temperatures prevail later in the forecast as well.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

FRIDAY► Clouds, some sun, and a few scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially the first half of the day. Warm, breezy, and humid with highs in the low to mid 80. Brisk southwest winds around 10-20mph and gusty.

FRIDAY NIGHT► Mostly cloudy, warm, and muggy with showers and thunderstorms redeveloping, especially late at night.  Lows in the low to mid 70s with a southwest wind around 10-15mph.

SATURDAY► Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms early in the morning, then drying as skies become mostly sunny. Warm with highs in mid to upper 80s with west winds around 10-15mph. The day will start humid, then humidity levels come down later in the day.

SUNDAY► Mostly sunny, dry, and pleasant with highs in the mid 80s. West winds around 10mph.

MONDAY► Mostly sunny, comfortable, and an overall nice day with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.

TUESDAY► Partly sunny with a brief passing shower possible, but most of the day will be dry. Cool for late June however with highs in the mid to upper 70s. (our average high for this time of year is 84-85°)

WEDNESDAY► Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs around 80.

THURSDAY► Mostly sunny and a bit warmer with highs around 80-85.