We're now two-thirds of the way through April, and it appears as if Mother Nature is making amends for our unseasonably cool March.

With 20 days officially in the books, seven of them have seen highs soar well above 70, and Friday should make eight. A handful of those days have surged past 80, and there's an outside shot of flirting with it Friday afternoon.

That warmth may produce a few scattered thunderstorms as the day progresses, but it should be more dry than wet as we wrap up the work week.

Despite the overall warm theme of the month, we have had our cooler interludes peppered throughout April. Another one is slated to begin over the weekend, and likely last through the first half of next week. In typical April fashion, the cooler stretch will be marked by northeast winds off the cooler ocean waters, hence the cooler forecast here on land from Saturday through Tuesday.

The temperature outlook is a little more clear cut than the rainfall forecast, which does have some uncertainties over the next four days.  So far this week, the focus has been on Sunday for our best chance for a steadier round of rain, with Saturday being the better and drier weekend day. That general idea is still applicable, but as usual, we can finesse the specifics as the weekend draws closer.

First, it's looking increasingly likely that Sunday won't be a washout, and that the wettest weather will occur Saturday night into Sunday morning. It's also possible that the steadiest rain stays to our south, and that South Jersey will be on the northern fringe of the rain altogether.

Next, Saturday still looks mainly dry, although the sunshine may be rather limited as clouds thicken and rain arrives overnight. Both days look cooler, especially Sunday as the ocean breeze becomes established.

Northeast breezes will linger for Monday and Tuesday, but it's still unclear whether or not we'll see sun, clouds, or even a few showers. I've inserted a few raindrops into the Tuesday forecast.

On a final and milder note, an impressive surge of warmth awaits us for next weekend.

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