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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

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.