It Was a Summer for Those Who Like It Hot

By Eric Englund | Aug 28, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Southern Ocean County — Don’t let the cooldown that kept temperatures in the 70s the last few days fool you: This summer was certainly on the sultry side.

Mike Silva, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, said July’s mean temperature of 79.7 was the third hottest on record for that month and is 3.5 degrees above normal. The data was gathered from the service’s climate station at the Atlantic City International Airport, which he said would be similar to readings in Southern Ocean County.

“The only other readings that were higher were in 2011, which was the highest, and 2010, which was the second highest," said Silva.

July also saw the hottest temperatures of the season, with the month’s first weekend recording 100 degrees in several locations.  

As of Monday, the mean temperature for August was 77.4 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above normal and represented the fourth highest on record.

Silva said the climate station recorded 5 inches of rain for July, which wasn’t a true picture of Southern Ocean County precipitation. Stafford Township had a higher inch total over the course of one day when the area was hit by a barrage of severe thunderstorms.

In fact, since June 1, Stafford has recorded 23.3 inches of rain, the highest total in the entire state, according to David Robinson, state climatologist from Rutgers University.

“Several times, Stafford got hit hard by storms,” he said. “A lot of these are your hit or miss storms, which is common during the summer. But this time, Stafford took the full brunt while other areas in the county got considerably less precipitation.”   

He said people should be used to sultry summers, since 11 of the 15 hottest summers on record have occurred in the last 20 years. Robinson said the statewide mean temperature for June was 70.6 degrees, while July was 77.9. So far, August was 74 degrees.

“And this record keeping goes all the way back to 1895,” he said. “These hot summers are 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. Then you have to factor in the globe getting hotter because of climate change. These hot and humid summers are here to stay.”  —E.E.



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