As for the big holiday weekend, let me just break down the big five bullet points...

—Coolest day? Saturday. Let me start by declaring that Saturday will be a pleasant day. Most of the state will enjoy partly sunny skies, dry weather during the day, and high temperatures in the lower 70s. However, with an onshore component to the wind, southern and coastal New Jersey will end up noticeably cooler — probably in the mid to upper 60s, at best. Not an arctic blast, just cooler than you might like for a beach day.

—Rain chance #1? Late Saturday night (Midnight) to early Sunday morning (6 a.m.) A little shortwave will drive a quick round of rain through the Garden State. No big deal, especially given the overnight timing.

—Warmest day? Sunday. Temperatures will really get cookin', as we climb into the mid to upper 80s (away from the coast). With a mix of sunshine and clouds overhead, it's really going to feel like a summer day!

—Rain chance #2? Sunday evening (8 p.m.) to Monday morning (8 a.m.) This round of rain could be a bit more impactful, due to the earlier timing, the more widespread and heavier nature of the rain, and the chance for some lightning/thunder. But again, it's generally a nighttime rain event.

—Memorial Day? Let's not forget the real reason for the holiday season. There are, of course, tons of parades and remembrance ceremonies scheduled for Memorial Day Monday. Our weather looks OK. There could be a lingering shower around in the morning, then it'll be mostly cloudy and pretty humid. Highs will reach the summery lower 80s — dress cool, and stay hydrated.

As for next week, the final week of May, Tuesday looks rainy and Wednesday looks hot (widespread 90s).

I sincerely hope you have a safe, fun, and reflective holiday weekend. The CMDZ weather blog returns on Tuesday.

Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest forecast and real-time weather updates.

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