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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.

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

MONDAY► Areas of dense fog in the morning, otherwise mostly cloudy but mostly dry, with most rain staying to our north. However, a shower or two can't be ruled out this morning.  Despite the clouds, a milder day with highs in the low to mid 60s on the mainland, upper 50s to around 60 along the shore.  South winds around 10-15mph.

MONDAY NIGHT► Continued mostly cloudy with the chance of a patchy shower or some patchy fog. Mild with lows only around 50.  South winds around 10mph.

TUESDAY►  Mostly cloudy once again with a better chance for some showers and even a thunderstorm, especially from the afternoon through the overnight hours.  Still mild with highs in the mid to upper 60s. South to southwest winds around 10mph.

WEDNESDAY► A few morning clouds, otherwise brighter and drier as skies become partly sunny.  Highs around 60 with a north-northwest breeze around 15mph.

THURSDAY► Mostly sunny skies, light winds, and probably the brightest and quietest day of the week overall.  A bit cooler with highs in the low to mid 50s and a light ocean breeze from the northeast then the east around 10mph.

FRIDAY► Thickening clouds with a steady rain developing.  Highs around 50-55.  Rain will continue into Friday night.

SATURDAY► Cloudy with some early morning rain showers lingering, then becoming partly sunny with brightening and clearing trends as the day unfolds. Highs in the upper 50s with a drying northwest breeze.

SUNDAY► Mostly sunny, dry, and pleasant with highs in the mid to upper 50s.