Still unsettled, scattered showers the next two days

The end is in sight, with a major warm-up beginning on Wednesday.  But clouds and scattered showers will linger on Monday, and even early Tuesday too.

A Saturday soaker plus a damp, dreary, and drizzly Sunday added up to a weekend of weather that all of us would like to soon forget. But there are a few positives. First and foremost, at least this weekend's meteorological malaise should not be repeated over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. And second, I found at first hand that it was a great spring for the South Jersey strawberry, even if it was far from a great spring weather-wise.

Despite the weekend washout, my wife and I managed to find a few rain-free hours to pick twelve pounds of ripe, juicy, and delicious Jersey strawberries early Sunday morning, one pound for each rainy day we've had so far this month. Or perhaps more optimistically, one pound for each warm and sunny day we're going to have over the next few weeks. The latter may or may not be true, but we are about to finally turn what has been a very long page of cool and unsettled weather that has lasted almost an entire month. Hey, if the strawberries can survive this May dismay, then so can we.

We haven't quite turned that page yet, as clouds and scattered showers will linger over the next two days. While the highest rain chances occur tonight, both today and tomorrow will feature some periodic showers, though likely some drier intervals as well. Temperatures will inch up a few degrees each day, despite the continued presence of mostly cloudy skies and some scattered raindrops.

Our long-awaited new weather chapter begins on Wednesday, a chapter with an entirely different theme than its predecessor. Unseasonably warm temperatures should be ours to keep from the middle of this week through the duration of the holiday weekend. We should do no worse than at least partly sunny skies, which means the weather should cooperate for most outdoor plans through the forecast. While a few scattered thunderstorms can't be ruled out as the warmth takes hold, I think we remain largely rain-free, after the next 48 hours.

I'll continue to watch a back-door cold front lurking to our north early in the weekend. But as long as it stays put up north, our taste of summer will hold through Memorial Day.

Meteorologist/Staff Writer

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