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Showers possible to spoil Easter Sunday egg hunts

By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

4:33 PM EDT, March 29, 2013

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A warm-up to seasonable early spring weather is in the forecast for this weekend, but rain could arrive for any egg hunts and picnics scheduled for Easter Sunday.

Saturday is forecast to be a nice day to be outside, with highs around 60, calm winds and clear, sunny skies.

Temperatures could stay as mild for Easter Sunday, as well, but any Easter egg hunts set for around midday or later could be wet. A 60 percent chance of showers is forecast from around noon into the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds are also expected to pick up as the rain moves through, with 15-20 mph gusts.

This year's Easter date is the earliest since 2008, when the Christian holiday fell on March 23. It won't fall in March again until 2016, and then again not until 2024. The date of Easter is determined by the timing of the Paschal Full Moon, or the first after the Vernal Equinox. The moon was full at 5:27 a.m. Wednesday.

Passover, which started at sundown Monday, is also at its earliest in years. It hasn't started as early anytime since 1899, though it also began in March most recently in 2002 and 2010. It won't begin as early again until 2089.

Passover begins on the Jewish calendar date of Nisan 15 each year.