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Today's Shorecast

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For New Year's Weekend, December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016

A dry and quiet transition from 2016 to 2017 along the South Jersey shore over the holiday weekend, though it will start a bit breezy.

Expect partly sunny skies both Saturday and New Year's Day on Sunday, though Saturday will be a bit breezy.  Sunday gets the nod as the better days as winds will be lighter and temperatures a bit milder.

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Highs will be in the low to mid 40s on Saturday, rising to near 50 on Sunday.

Brisk southwest winds will blow both Saturday and New Year's Eve Saturday night, with southwest winds increasing to 10-20mph and gusty, especially along the shore.  As a result, small craft advisories are posted along our coastal waters on Saturday.  

Lighter northwest winds around 10mph are expected on Sunday.

Water temperatures continue to be a few degrees above average, generally between 41-44 degrees, with the average actually around 39 or 40 degrees.  Polar bear plungers can enjoy the few extra degrees of New Year's warmth.

High tides will occur during the mid-morning over the weekend, with a mid to late afternoon low tide.  There is a moderate rip current risk on Saturday, lower by Sunday.

Rain is on the way for Monday and Tuesday, but after the holiday weekend passes.

No matter the weather, have a great day along the South Jersey shore, and as always, stay safe!

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

WEDNESDAY NIGHT► Cloudy with a round of rain developing after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s with easterly winds around 10-15mph.  Some minor tidal flooding is likely during the evening high tide from 7-10 pm.

THURSDAY► Mostly cloudy with a round of rain ending earlier in the morning, then a drier for midday. A few more scattered showers or a thunderstorm will pop up later in the day.  So not a washout, but unsettled.  Highs in the low 70s on the mainland, 60s at the shore. Some minor tidal flooding is also possible Thursday evening.  Southeast then southerly winds around 10-15mph.

FRIDAY► Some morning clouds, then becoming partly sunny as the day progresses.  Breezy, drier, and a bit milder with highs in the mid 70s.  West winds 10-20mph.

SATURDAY► A dry and pleasant start to the holiday weekend with partly sunny skies and seasonably mild highs in the mid 70s on the mainland, low 70s along the shore.  Southerly winds around 10mph.

SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy with a round of showers or rain likely, but the timing of that rain is still unclear.  Highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, cooler due to a southeast ocean breeze.

MEMORIAL DAY► Partly sunny and warmer and much of the day may end up dry.  However, a few scattered thunderstorms are possible.  Highs in the mid to upper 70s, low 70s at the shore, with southwest breezes ahead of a cold front.