Rain could hold off until after sunset in South Jersey

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weathermap While temperatures are soaring up into the 70s for the first time in months, today’s rain could hold off until after sunset in South Jersey, according to future radar simulation forecasts. Better yet, the rest of the weekend looks dry through Monday./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com While temperatures are soaring up into the 70s for the first time in months, today’s rain could hold off until after sunset in South Jersey, according to future radar simulation forecasts.

Better yet, the rest of the weekend looks dry through Monday. Here's the forecast for Friday, April 11 and the rest of the weekend including rainfall and temperature graphics:

Here come the 70s

A breeze out of the southwest will allow temperatures to soar across the South Jersey mainland today, Friday, April 11.

If the National Weather Service’s official thermometer reaches 70 degrees today at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, it would be the first time in 2014.


South Jersey mainland temperatures will soar into the 70s on Friday, April 11./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com South Jersey mainland temperatures will soar into the 70s on Friday, April 11./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The last time the temperature reached 70 degrees or higher was Dec. 22, according to the National Weather Service.

Philadelphia last reached the 70s on Nov. 2, 2013 and Allentown, Pa. and Reading, Pa. last reached the 70s on Nov. 1, 2013, the National Weather Service said.

Interestingly, Georgetown, Del., last reached the 70s on March 22, only three weeks ago.

Rain moves in, and leaves early

According to the NCEP GFS Deterministic Model, rain showers will begin moving across South Jersey at 7 p.m. They will reach the coast about an hour later.


South Jersey rainfall on Friday, April 11 should total around a quarter of an inch./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com South Jersey rainfall on Friday, April 11 should total around a quarter of an inch./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Total accumulation should total about a quarter-inch, according to the National Weather Service.

However, most of the rain will be over around midnight, leading to a wonderful three-day stretch of much warmer-than-normal weather through Monday.

Weekend warmth

According to the National Weather Service, South Jersey mainland high temperatures will reach the upper 60s on Saturday, the lower 70s on Sunday and around 70 on Monday.


Saturday's temperatures retreat a little in South Jersey, but remain above normal./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Saturday's temperatures retreat a little in South Jersey, but remain above normal./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com High temperatures nearing Philadelphia could be 5-10 degrees warmer, the National Weather Service said.

High temperatures along the Jersey Shore could be 5-10 degrees cooler, thanks to an Atlantic Ocean temperature that is around 50 degrees along the beaches of Cape May and Atlantic counties, according to the NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center.

Expect a sunny or starlit sky through the late Monday evening when rain and cooler temperatures return.


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