Clouds and a shower may linger, but some drying and brightening possible

Clouds and a lingering shower are possible early Wednesday, but it should be a drier day overall compared to Tuesday.  Some drying and brightening is possible as the day progresses, with still cool highs in the low 60s.

Ever since our suntastic stretch of mid-April weather — the one that brought 10 consecutive days of sunshine — we have been unable to go more than two days without clouds and rain. As this cool and unsettled pattern enters its fourth week, contempt and impatience continues to rise throughout South Jersey, especially since our temperatures refuse to do so.

As was the case for most of May so far, the negatives far outweigh the positives of our upcoming forecast, but there are a few bright spots I can highlight.

First, I think we’ll try to dry things out today, albeit slowly. Lingering clouds and perhaps a shower will attempt to mix with a little sunshine today, or at the very least, some drying and brightening. Thursday and Friday continue to be the pick weather days, not that this pattern gives me much to pick from. A partly sunny Thursday will be followed by a mostly sunny Friday, with seasonably mild highs near 70 both days hopefully providing proof that nice weather is possible in May, and will ideally be more prevalent come the Memorial Day weekend.

The biggest meteorological negative revolves around Saturday, especially those with any outdoor plans. Rain on Saturday looks likely, and the only question is whether it will be a light, moderate or heavy rain. The silver lining to the soggy Saturday forecast is that we may be able to salvage most of Sunday, with some gradual drying and even some clearing, if we’re lucky. Of course, weather luck has not been our side in almost a month.

There could be more meteorological misfortune early next week, as another low pressure may get stuck off the East Coast. If that comes to fruition, it prolongs the cool and showery weather for Monday and Tuesday, prolonging our May malaise in the process. But hypothetically, a gradual retreat of that pesky cutoff low later next week could open the window for some warmer, drier and brighter weather just in time for the big holiday weekend. Of course, hoping on a hypothetical doesn’t always deliver, but Mother Nature has to eventually deliver a warm and sunny stretch, right?

Meteorologist/Staff Writer

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