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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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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

TUESDAY► Continued wet and windy with periods of rain and drizzle.  Highs around 60 with a still blustery easterly breeze at 15-25mph with occasional gusts over 30-35mph. 

TUESDAY NIGHT► Rain tapers to scattered showers.  After a windy evening, winds gradually diminish overnight.  Lows in the mid 50s, with a brisk east wind 15-25mph and gusty shifting from the northeast then diminishing after midnight.  Minor tidal flooding during the evening.

WEDNESDAY► Clouds linger for much of the day so let's say mostly cloudy, but it will be a drier overall day. Maybe a lingering shower early, and some breaks of sun possible later.  Highs 65-70 with lighter winds, from the northeast early, north later, around 10mph.

THURSDAY► Mostly sunny and warmer, with highs in the mid 70s on the mainland, 60s along the shore.  South winds around 15mph.

FRIDAY► Partly sunny as the warm-up continues, but remaining cooler along the shore.  Highs in the low 80s in the Pinelands, closer to 70 on the islands.  South winds around 15mph.

SATURDAY► Partly sunny and warm, likely the warmest day of the forecast, with highs in the mid 80s inland, mid 70s along the shore.  Winds from the southwest around 10-15mph.

SUNDAY► Partly sunny and continued dry and pleasant, but potentially cooler if a more established sea-breeze dominates.   Noticeably cooler than Saturday with highs around 60 along the shore, 70 inland.

MONDAY► Partly sunny, breezy, and warm with highs in the mid to upper 70s on the mainland, closer to 70 at the shore, with some late day or overnight scattered thunderstorms.