Memorial Day could start the long-awaited warm-up

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Weather forecasts seem to show that South Jersey’s six-month-long string of colder-than-normal temperatures may finally be over. And it comes just in time for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season./NWS Weather forecasts seem to show that South Jersey’s six-month-long string of colder-than-normal temperatures may finally be over. And it comes just in time for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season./NWS Weather forecasts seem to show that South Jersey’s six-month-long string of colder-than-normal temperatures may finally be over. And it comes just in time for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season.

Since November 2013, the average daily highs, daily lows and the overall average temperatures have been lower than normal, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

Temperatures during January and February averaged more than 5 degrees colder than normal. As a result, what became normal temperature readings for South Jersey during the winter of 2013-14 seemed like the usual temperatures for places in upstate New York.

We’ve seen record cold stick around long enough to produce late-season snowfalls in March.

Finally, the long-lasting cold bullied the trees into budding later than normal.

While a fully green landscape usually greets us about the same time we drop our tax returns in the mailbox, this year’s “Green Day” didn’t happen until Mother’s Day.

But now it may all be beginning to change.

Memorial Day signals the start of warmth

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, temperature readings collected so far this month will raise the eyebrows of everyone who has a pool or is planning a summer vacation.

With readings from the first 22 days of May 2014 notched into the record books, South Jersey has averaged 1.3 degrees warmer than normal, bucking the six-month, colder-than-normal trend.

Yippee!

While that’s not enough of a temperature increase to spark even more debate over global warming, it may be a clue that our weather conditions could be change toward normal.

Finally.

Memorial Day forecast

Though late-day thunderstorms could put a damper on any Saturday, May 24 plans, the second half of the Memorial Day weekend is sure to please. Look for mostly sunny and pleasant conditions on Sunday and Monday with temperatures near or slightly above 80 degrees.

The National Weather Service keeps South Jersey mainland high temperatures in the upper-70s or around 80 degrees for most of the work week.

June’s temperature outlook contains good news

The Climate Predication Center indicates temperatures could be warmer than normal for much of the east coast of the United States during the June to August time period./NWS The Climate Predication Center indicates temperatures could be warmer than normal for much of the east coast of the United States during the June to August time period./NWS After Memorial Day, temperatures will continue to average above normal according to the Climate Prediction Center which is forecasting greater chances of above-normal temperatures through the first week of June.

Remember, May is the month in which South Jersey high temperatures climb through the 70s. June is when temperatures step up through the 80s.

The latest GFS outlook for June temperatures indicates daily readings could average about 1-2 degrees F warmer than normal.

But the good news doesn’t stop there.

The GFS three-month temperature outlook for June-July-August and July-August-September indicates temperatures will continue reach above average levels.


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