It's been a beautiful week here in South Jersey.

We haven't seen temperatures like this in such a long time. We knew the weather predictions for the last week or two anticipated some beautiful weather, but what we failed to foresee was the disappointment it would bring once we realized how long we still have to wait for this weather to return for good.

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The winter's great and all as long as there's snow to show for it. Once the snow's gone, I say it's time for the beach. Today's weather is such a tease for all summer outdoor enthusiasts. It makes me experience two emotions. The first is excitement knowing that my days trapped inside are numbered. The second is the fact that I still have to practice patience while waiting for the warm weather to return for the spring, summer, and early fall seasons.

Summer fun in New Jersey

I don't do well trapped inside during the winter months. Don't let anyone ever tell you that the winter blues aren't real because I'm here to attest to the contrary. It's probably not the healthiest mindset to be caught up in, depressed that my outdoor activities are suspended for at least another month or two, but it is what it is. It's not that I can't enjoy hikes or walks along the beach; I absolutely can. I'm just not a huge fan of the cold. I can't wait until jackets are no longer a requirement.

Since today's temperatures have been such a tease, we decided to look back to when we checked in with Jersey residents this time a few years back to see what they miss the most about the summer months this time of year. You can add yours below, too!

Summer, please come quickly! We're waiting for you!

If you're planning your summer vacay, here's where the experts say you should go:

NJ beach among best in America for summer vacations

U.S. News & World Report compiled a full list of the best beaches in the nation for 2024. The top 22 from that list are included here, beginning with New Jersey.
A list of New Jersey's best beaches specifically chosen by you is also included.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

South Jersey Beaches Ranked From Worst To Best

A new article currently ranked all NJ beaches, but we're focusing on where each South Jersey beach falls on the scale.

Gallery Credit: Jahna Michal

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