Above average temperatures ahead this week

     GFS model showing warm air during northward Wednesday and cooler air to the west heading eastward. (Image: Weather Underground)

    GFS model showing warm air during northward Wednesday and cooler air to the west heading eastward. (Image: Weather Underground)

    February is beginning on a mild note, with forecasters expecting each day this week to feature above normal temperatures. 

    “A very warm first week of February is now in progress,” a National Weather Service forecaster in the Mount Holly, N.J. office states in the Monday morning forecast discussion. “For this long term forecast period, the calendar day average on Tuesday should be near 8 degrees above normal, Wednesday near 18 or 19 above normal, Thursday about plus 10, then 2 to 6 above normal Friday through Sunday.”

    Each day but Wednesday, the warmest day of the week with temperatures in the 60s, will feature at least fair weather. 

    Periods of rain showers are likely on Wednesday, totaling possibly between a half and three quarters of an inch, according to NOAA. But the heaviest activity is likely northwest of the N.J. Turnpike. 

    The National Weather Service expects “virtually all of the snow pack” along and southeast of the N.J. Turnpike to “completely melt” by Thursday morning.

    But forecasters say don’t get accustomed to the warm spell.

    Below average temperatures are likely to begin next week due to a “cross polar flow and the southward displacement of the polar vortex,” according to the National Weather Service forecast discussion. 

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