Meteorologist Dan Skeldon

Press of Atlantic City meteorologist Dan Skeldon

We’re about to start the fourth week of spring in South Jersey, and after a chilly start to the season in March, we’ve righted the ship so far in April.

One thing we have yet to do this spring is enjoy back-to-back 70-degree days. Surprisingly, that’s something we did manage to accomplish in the middle of what turned out to be the warmest February on record but has eluded us since, until now, at least away from the shore.

The long-advertised warming trend begins Sunday. After a clear and cool start to the day, abundant sunshine should warm us nicely by afternoon, as highs bounce back into the mid 60s, which will feel nice after a pair of cooler days ended last week. Winds will be from the south or southwest for each of the next three days, which means the popular phrase this time of year, cooler at the shore, will be applicable.

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If the wind is more southerly, then the difference between the shore and mainland could be as much as 20 to 25 degrees. If the wind is more southwesterly, that difference may be only 10 to 15 degrees. Either way, mainland residents excited by the warmth early this week should taper their expectations if heading to the islands, something most locals know all too well is a fact of life in early spring in South Jersey.

Mostly sunny skies will be ours to keep the next three days, with the warmth peaking Monday and Tuesday, although we’ll sneak in a bonus fairly warm day Wednesday as well. During the peak, highs in the Pinelands should climb well into the 70s, and for those far enough inland, 80-degree high temperatures are possible. That’s not quite record warmth territory, but I’m sure there will be few complaints regardless.

Outside of a passing shower threat either Wednesday or Friday, it’s a rare mainly dry week of April weather, which means pollen levels will be very high for the foreseeable future. Cooler weather will return late this week, but nothing out of the ordinary for early April.

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