A few showers today, warmth arrives Wednesday

Still some scattered showers possible today, but warmer and sunnier weather arrives on Wednesday and ideally lasts through the holiday weekend.

By my count, today is day 28. That’s four full weeks of a weather pattern that has frayed our patience, withered our optimism, and dampened our spirits. But if it is indeed true that good things come to those who wait, then South Jersey must be poised for something great. There’s no more opportune time to cash in on some long overdue meteorological magnificence than the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and Mother Nature’s timing appears to finally be impeccable.

We still have the 28th and final day of unsettled weather to muddle through today. Temperatures should continue to inch up and climb past 70 degrees for just the eighth time all month. It may be the only 70-degree day we’ll see for awhile, but not for the reason you’ve come to begrudgingly accept most of this month.

No, there’s no cool air on the way. Instead, there’s a dramatic, almost instant warm-up that begins as soon as tomorrow. 80-degree temperatures may become the norm on the mainland through the holiday weekend, as an impressive surge of summery warmth rides south to southwest winds into South Jersey for the first time all spring.

Now, southerly winds originate off the still cool 56-degree waters of the Atlantic Ocean, which will cause the popular phrase ‘cooler at the shore’ to become applicable for much of the forecast. But 70 and partly sunny, which should be the rule on the islands later this week and probably through to Memorial Day, is still a vast improvement upon where we’ve been over the last month.

Outside of that lingering chance of some scattered showers today, the forecast is a largely dry one. It has rained about two out of every three days so far this May, with monthly totals approaching five inches. Therefore, we could certainly afford a rain-free stretch of weather, with no water worries or drought concerns, unlike a very dry May of 2015.

As the warmth takes hold, there’s always the outside chance of a pop-up thunderstorm or two on any given day. However, chances are not high enough to highlight any day over another. So warm and mainly dry are the going themes for the holiday weekend.

Meteorologist/Staff Writer

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