South Jersey faces warmth, heavy rain, near-freezing temperatures through Wednesday

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 Following one of the best weather weekends in several months, South Jersey weather watchers face a day of warmth, a day of heavy rain and possibly freezing temperatures. And that is all happening by Wednesday evening. /Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Following one of the best weather weekends in several months, South Jersey weather watchers face a day of warmth, a day of heavy rain and possibly freezing temperatures. And that is all happening by Wednesday evening. /Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Following one of the best weather weekends in several months, South Jersey weather watchers face a day of warmth, a day of heavy rain to be followed by possible freezing temperatures. And that is all happening by Wednesday evening.

Check out the wild ride ramping up for the first half of the upcoming work week along with maps, rain forecasts and temperature outlooks:

South Jersey weather begins a 24-hour decline

A suntastic Sunday pushed high temperatures to peak in the lower-80s in Philadelphia, the upper-70s in western Atlantic County and in the upper-60s to lower-70s near the Jersey Shore.

One more day of party-sunny conditions should allow Monday’s South Jersey mainland high temperatures to once again take up a home in the 70s before rainy weather and March-like temperatures return, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Tuesday trouble leads to Wednesday’s chill down

Near-freezing temperatures could reach South Jersey on Wednesday, April 16./NWS Near-freezing temperatures could reach South Jersey on Wednesday, April 16./NWS A lousy low pressure system will crawl along a strong cold front during the day on Tuesday. The front will be strong enough to deliver snow to the Upper Midwest. In South Jersey, it will knock high temperatures from the 70s on Monday to the 60s on Tuesday and into the 50s on Wednesday.

A strong cold front will drag a rain-making low pressure system to the Atlantic Coast on Tuesday, April 15./NWS A strong cold front will drag a rain-making low pressure system to the Atlantic Coast on Tuesday, April 15./NWS Along with the falling temperatures, up to 1.25 inches of rain could fall in South Jersey between late Monday night and late Tuesday evening. The rain could be heavy during the afternoon and early evening hours according to advance radar forecasts.

Temperatures may only reach the lower 50s in South Jersey on Wednesday, April 16./NWS Temperatures may only reach the lower 50s in South Jersey on Wednesday, April 16./NWS Because of the threat of heavy rain, the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a hazardous weather outlook through Tuesday.

Tuesday’s high temperature will be an April-like 65 degrees despite heavy rain and the possibility of thunder.

But the big chill returns on Wednesday when the overnight low temperature could fall to within a degree or two of the freezing mark. Wednesday’s high, despite sunshine, will be hard-pressed to get to 51 degrees.

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