04.13.14

Finally Looking Like Spring Has Finally Arrived

Posted in GWC News at 6:36 pm by gmachos

First Time Temperatures Hit Above 80 Degrees In Northwestern Middlesex County Since October 4th!

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–The weight has finally lifted. The burden of the brutal winter of 2013-14 appears to have been taken off our backs here in Northwestern Middlesex County. Since the middle of last week, the weather has been just about spectacular for this time of year here in South Plainfield as well as the rest of the Garden State. Temperatures have been steadily climbing the low 60s to the mid and upper 70s by Friday and Saturday. Then, on Sunday when the thermometer broke through the 80 degree barrier for the first time since the first week of October 2013.

On Sunday afternoon, the high topped out at 83.3 degrees at Greg’s Weather Center in South Plainfield at 3:27 PM. This was the warmest day so far in 2014, and the first time the mercury has climbed to above 80 degrees since a high of 83.8 degrees at 3:20 PM on October 4, 2013. After hitting a high of only 51 degrees on Monday, the temperature has been at least above 60 including 66 on Tuesday, 62 on Wednesday, 67 on Thursday, 78 on Friday, and 73 yesterday. The recent stretch of nice weather has been the nicest of the early spring. The good weather should continue for another day as the forecast by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey is calling for a high of 76 on Monday before clouds begin to roll in on Monday night.

A storm system will begin to push through in the evening on Monday, and produce moderate to heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Tuesday night. The storm could even produce some thunderstorms during the period. Rainfall amounts are expected to be between an inch to two inches. Then, a return to normal weather for this time of year for the rest of the week. Temperatures may be a bit below normal on Wednesday as they will struggle to reach 50, but they will gradually moderate in the mid to upper 50s by Good Friday and Easter Weekend. Looking at the weather almanac at GWC a bit more, today’s high of 83 was still a bit below last year’s high temperature for April 2013 at 83.6. Two years ago, the maximum temperature for the month of April was 90.4 degrees.

While this early spring has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, which is fairly normal since March and April are transitional months, it looks like we can finally put this recent rough winter behind us in Northwestern Middlesex County as well as the rest of the Garden State.

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