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Sunshine and Warmth On the Way, But ‘Red Flag Warning’ For Monday

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Beachgoers relax at the Webster Avenue Beach in Seaside Heights, May 26, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Beachgoers relax at the Webster Avenue Beach in Seaside Heights, May 26, 2016. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Shore residents got a taste of spring, albeit a month late, last week and over the weekend – but things will really heat up this week, with temperatures expected to climb into the 80s.

The one sore spot for the upcoming week’s forecast will be the windy weather that will eventually give way to warmer temperatures. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Monday, running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The warning means that conditions are ” ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread” of fires – particularly brush and forest fires.

Monday will start off damp, but the sun will appear by afternoon, the NWS forecast said. By the time the sun arrives, winds will be sustained at 11-20 m.p.h. with gusts as high as 32 m.p.h. The high temperature will be 61 degrees.

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Winds will decrease in speed Tuesday, as the mercury climbs to 71 degrees for a high, with sunshine. Wednesday is when temperatures could reach above 80 degrees, topping out at 83 in inland areas and about 10 degrees cooler near the beaches.

Temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s will remain in place until Sunday, when highs are reduced to the mid-60s. The next chance of rain will come Friday night.