Memorable weekend warm up in the works for South Jersey

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Weekend temperatures are forecast to skyrocket on Sunday with 70s in the Middle Atlantic States and readings in the 60s as far north as New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Then, of course, there is the bad news./NWS Weekend temperatures are forecast to skyrocket on Sunday with 70s in the Middle Atlantic States and readings in the 60s as far north as New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Then, of course, there is the bad news./NWS

Weekend temperatures are forecast to skyrocket on Sunday with 70s in the Middle Atlantic States and readings in the 60s as far north as New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Then, of course, there is the bad news.

First the South Jersey warm up

Though daily high temperatures through the first half of December were well below normal, a big warm up is on the way for South Jersey, the Middle Atlantic and the snow-drenched Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 19, a southwest wind flow will push temperatures to spring-like temperatures. The 60s could arrive just in time for the official start of winter at 12:11 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, the mainland South Jersey temperature will climb to 51 degrees under a mostly sunny sky.

The end of the work week brings even warmer temperatures to cash your paycheck in. Friday’s high could top out at 58 degrees.

Mostly cloudy conditions will keep Friday’s overnight low from falling any lower than 44 degrees and lead to a Saturday high in the middle 60s, the National Weather Service said.

Sunday, Dec. 22 could get even warmer with a high temperature near 66 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

Areas of Maryland could reach a September-like 74 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

More than an inch of rain could fall across South Jersey by Tuesday, Dec. 24./NWS More than an inch of rain could fall across South Jersey by Tuesday, Dec. 24./NWS Now the bad news for South Jersey, Middle Atlantic

The weather system that is channeling warm southwest air up the eastern United States will turn to rain over the weekend. There is a 30 percent chance of rain Saturday night, 40 percent on Sunday and 80 percent from Sunday into Monday, the National Weather Service said.

More than an inch of rain could fall by the time the system lifts out of the area on Tuesday, Dec. 23, the National Weather Service forecasts.

Portions of the Midwest could receive 6-plus inches of moisture, the Weather Service said.

Heading into Christmas

Temperatures will return to normal seasonal levels and just in time for Santa Claus’ around-the-world, gift-giving adventure.

Look for high temperatures in the upper 30s on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 44 on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25.

 

 

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