Summer Weather: High Temps and Plentiful Precipitation

Sep 05, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

For those who like heat and humidity, this summer has been an enjoyable experience. David Robinson, state climatologist from Rutgers University, said August was going “neck-and-neck’ with August 2016, which saw the highest mean temperature for that month, at 76.9 degrees. The average mean temperature is 73 degrees.

“June started out cooler than normal, but then at the end of the month we had our first heat wave,” he said. “It was also dry that month, but then it started getting rather rainy in July.”

Robinson said that from July through August, Stafford Township received 13.41 inches of rain. A measuring gauge in Harvey Cedars recorded 8.34 inches.

“It was particularly wet in the northern part of Ocean County,” he said. “Brick Township had the most, at 14.7 inches, and much of that came during one day.”

Robinson said plentiful precipitation throughout the state kept areas out of drought warnings.

“The only place it got rather dry for a stretch was in Cape May County,” he said. “It got an abnormally dry designation (from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. It’s not very unusual. It’s the lowest level of their drought rating system, but it serves as a heads-up and reminds people that they should conserve water.”

He said people should be used to sultry summers, since five of the seven hottest have been recorded since 2000.

“It’s caused by a strong, persistent Bermuda high over the Atlantic that churns the hot air to us from the south and keeps the cooler air to the north,” he said. “Then you have to factor in the globe getting hotter because of climate change.”

Robinson said temperatures are expected to be above normal for the first half of September.

“There’s no cooler, crisper weather coming by soon,” he said. “Maybe by the end of the month, but that is still a crapshoot.”

Joe Miketta, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, said that for August, temperatures were 5.1 degrees above normal, according to data from the service’s climate station at Atlantic City International Airport in Pomona. In June, temperatures were 1.6 degrees above normal, and 1.2 degrees above normal for July.

“In August, there were 13 days when we were at 90 degrees or above,” he said. “And it seemed like the most uncomfortable was just this (last) week.”

— Eric Englund

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