Early April likely to feature below average temperatures

    A National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day outlook predicting the likelihood of below normal temperatures.

    A National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day outlook predicting the likelihood of below normal temperatures.

    The average above normal temperatures that will continue for the remainder of the month will quickly reverse during the first week of April if the current prognostication holds. 

    Arctic air is poised to drop down from Canada during the first week of April, according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.

    April is likely to begin with above normal temperatures, with the current NOAA forecast calling for highs reaching around 60 degrees, but that is likely to change. 

    An AccuWeather.com report predicts the arrival of the cold infusion in the New Jersey area around April 3.  

    The chilly spell, which could keep high temperatures in the 40s for a few days, will likely linger for about a week, with a warmer pattern arriving during the second half of the month, according to the AccuWeather.com report. 

    With temperatures likely to drop below freezing at night, forecasters are concerned about possible damage to early blooming vegetation. 

    The average high temperature in Toms River for April 3 is 56.5 degrees, progressively rising to 59 degrees on April 10. On average, the last freeze at the Jersey Shore is in mid-April. 

    Temperatures in the area through March 24 have been averaging about 5.5 to 8 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

    The Atlantic City International Airport weather reporting station will close out the month as within the top 10 warmest March on record. 

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