Here comes the heat, before the cool-down

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This weekend’s weather will be much different than 7 years ago when the South Jersey area was hit with a Jan. 14-15, 2006 snowstorm that dropped 6-8 inches of snow across most of Atlantic County. This weekend’s weather will be much different than 7 years ago when the South Jersey area was hit with a Jan. 14-15, 2006 snowstorm that dropped 6-8 inches of snow across most of Atlantic County.

Ready for some April 1 temperatures? No fooling?

South Jersey residents can expect to be enjoying spring-like temperatures and weather for the next seven days thanks to a ridge of warmth building along the East Coast.

Expect high temperatures to flirt with 50 degrees for the next few days before a January thaw kicks into high gear over the weekend.

Temperatures could reach as high as 58 degrees Saturday, Jan. 12 through Monday, Jan. 14 – about 17 degrees higher than normal. Also, the weekend looks dry after a chance of rainy weather Thursday night into Friday morning.

By way of comparison, South Jersey’s usual high temperature for April Fools Day, seriously, is 59 degrees.

That’s warm enough to conjure up thoughts of hitting the links with your golf clubs, riding the highway on your motorcycle or finishing off any outdoor fall chores still left undone.

Enjoy the warm temperatures while you can, however. Forecasters are predicting that the party will end around Jan. 16 when cold weather returns.

That’s when a building area of cold temperatures will begin to move east, knocking our daily highs in South Jersey from the 50s down into the low- to mid-30s.

And it won’t be a short cool-down, either. The cooler-than-normal conditions could stick around for a week to 10 days, remaining in place until the last weekend of January.

At least southern New Jersey won’t be seeing temperatures like residents of International Falls, Minn., where it is so cold it may not reach 5 degrees Fahrenheit until the end of the month, according to AccuWeather’s long-term outlook.

Weather fun place: Hot Springs, S.D.

In a state known for its frigid winters, people have been flocking to Hot Springs since the 1880s for the healthy benefits of its many hot springs. The hot springs won’t help too much this week, however. Temperatures are expected to range from the upper teens to the lower 20s.


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