The tri-state is finally saying farewell to winter as temperatures soared into the 70s Monday, with the possibility of reaching the low 80s later this week.
Coastal Long Island and Connecticut will have to wait a bit longer for the warmer weather; forecasters say on-shore winds will keep temperatures in the 50s and low 60s.
Forecasters say a few showers will pass through the area overnight, giving way to the warmest day of the season thus far. Tuesday's temperatures could crack the 80-degree mark, particularly in New Jersey if the sun stays out. Long Island and Connecticut will remain cooled by the sea breeze.
While 80 degrees sounds quite warm for this time of year, meteorologists don't expect any record highs over the next several days. However, the pollen count, which has been kept artificially low because of the cooler weather, could explode as trees start to form buds and flowers bloom.
Doctors advise anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies to spend less time outdoors and take medication as needed.
Meteorologists are tracking a band of showers and storms that may move into the area late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, which will drastically affect mid-week temperatures. Depending on where the cold front falls, the metro area could see temperatures as high as 80 or as low as 50.
Temperatures cool down near the end of the week, dropping into the mid 60s on Thursday amid mostly cloudy skies before falling again Friday into the high 50s.
Forecasters say the weekend will be breezy, cool and dry with temperatures capping off in the mid 50s.
Published at 8:18 AM EDT on Apr 8, 2013 | Updated at 12:22 AM EDT on Apr 9, 2013