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It's spring! Signs of warming are encouraging this week

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It’s official, South Jersey: As of 6:28 Monday morning, with the arrival of the vernal equinox, spring has begun, and will be with us for the next 93 days.

The first day of spring may be trumped only by the first day of summer for anticipation — or perhaps Memorial Day weekend, as that unofficially kicks off the summer season at the shore.

In case you’re counting down to the latter, there are 69 days to go.

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For those into the fine art of egg-balancing, the equinox is the big day, or so the rumor goes. Because the equinox represents equal day and night — thanks to the earth’s tilt relative to the sun — it is believed an egg can be perfectly balanced on its end on the first days of spring and autumn.

While egg-balancing can indeed be done on the equinox, it can in reality be achieved any day of the year, with the right egg and plenty of patience. A little salt helps, too, although that might be cheating.

Mother Nature certainly has cheated us out of the early spring we so happily enjoyed in February. Yes, some meteorological March madness of sorts has left things chilly and breezy much of this month so far, but maybe with a new season will come a new weather pattern.

There are certainly some encouraging signs of warmer weather this week.

The signs aren’t all positive, as spring usually consists of a series of taking two steps forward and an occasional step back temperature-wise.

That’s just what we will have this week, with a pair of seasonably mild and dry days to start the week and the spring season, followed by a pair of cooler and brisk days for Wednesday and Thursday. Outside of a brief shower late Monday night or Tuesday night, the week looks largely dry with a fair amount of sunshine each day, despite the fluctuation in temperatures.

The most encouraging signs of warmth arrive late in the forecast toward next weekend, when temperatures may soar into the 60s for the first time in more than two weeks.

That sure sounds like good egg-balancing weather, doesn’t it?

For a look at what types of upcoming weather the spring and summer may offer, like floods, tornadoes, and severe storms, visit the Press Weather Center for the latest on South Jersey severe weather, safety, and preparedness.

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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

THURSDAY► Some patchy morning fog, then becoming partly sunny and milder, with highs around 70-75 on the mainland, 60-65 along the shore.  Southeast to south winds around 10-15mph. 

THURSDAY NIGHT► Partly to mostly cloudy with a late night shower or thunderstorm possible.  Mild with lows in the low 60s.  South winds around 10-15mph.

FRIDAY► A few morning clouds or patchy fog, then partly sunny as the warm-up continues, but remaining cooler along the shore.  Highs in the low 80s in the Pinelands, low 70s on the islands.  South-southwest winds around 10-15mph.

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

SUNDAY► A back door front means a cooler and likely cloudier day compared to Saturday.  More clouds but still some sun but sharply cooler compared to Saturday.  Highs only in the mid 60s on the mainland, possibly upper 50s along the shore.  East winds around 10-20mph off the cooler ocean.

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 evening or overnight scattered thunderstorms.  Brisk south to southwest winds around 10-20mph.

TUESDAY►Partly sunny and seasonably mild with highs in the low 70s.

WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny, dry, and pleasant with highs around 70.