It’s official, South Jersey: As of 6:28 Monday morning, with the arrival of the vernal equinox, spring has begun, and will be with us for the next 93 days.

The first day of spring may be trumped only by the first day of summer in terms of anticipation — or perhaps Memorial Day weekend, as that unofficially kicks off the summer season here at the shore. In case you’re counting down to the latter, there are 69 days to go.

For those into the fine art of egg balancing, the equinox is the big day, or so the rumor goes. Because the equinox represents equal day and night, it is believed an egg can be perfectly balanced on its end on the first day of spring (and autumn). While egg balancing can indeed be done on the equinox, it can in reality be achieved any day of the year, with the right egg and plenty of patience. A little salt helps, too, although that might be cheating.

Mother Nature has certainly cheated us out of the early spring we were so happily enjoying in February. Yes, some meteorological March madness of sorts has left things chilly and breezy much of this month so far, but maybe with a new season will come a new weather pattern. There are certainly some encouraging signs of warmer weather this week.

The signs aren’t all positive, as spring usually consists of a series of taking two steps forward and an occasional step back temperature-wise. That’s just what we’ll have this week, with a pair of seasonably mild and dry days to start the week and the spring season, followed by a pair of cooler and brisk days for Wednesday and Thursday. Outside of a brief shower late Monday night or Tuesday night, the week looks largely dry with a fair amount of sunshine each day, despite the fluctuation in temperatures.

The most encouraging signs of warmth arrive late in the forecast towards next weekend, when temperatures may soar into the 60s for the first time in over two weeks. That sure sounds like good egg balancing weather to me, doesn’t it?