NJ Heat Wave
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
July 5, 2012
The current heat wave could last a few more days. Even with all the hot weather this week, it might not be a record-setting summer in New Jersey.
State climatologist Dave Robinson says most parts of New Jersey have about 15-to-25 days a year of above 90 degree temperatures, and some places have already had 11 of them.
"With a couple more heat waves later in the summer we're going to exceed that average, but right not there's nothing that suggests we're going to be approaching what we had two summers ago when, wow, we were up to 50 which just broke records."
Robinson says indications are there won't be the persistent week-after-week heat for the remainder of this summer.
He says lawns in some areas of New Jersey are starting to turn brown because of the lack of rain, but there's no major drought concerns because reservoir levels are still okay.
"We're okay in the water department right now but anytime you get this kind of heat and you go a couple of weeks without rain you start to keeping a watchful eye on how quickly the reservoirs start their decline as people are pouring water onto their lawn."
© 2012 WBGO News
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