We’re having a heat wave, and this could end up being the warmest August on record in New Jersey.
State climatologist Dave Robinson says a persistent pattern of warm air from the south is making this an unusually hot month.
“It’s been about 4 degrees above normal in August. That may not sound like a lot. But when you average that day in and day out you can really the notice the difference. And as matter of fact August is going to end up being in absolute sense a little bit warmer than July. July normally being the warmest month of the year.”
Robinson says the warm air pattern might continue until the second week of September.
“That doesn’t mean we’re going to be in this excessive heat that we’ve experienced early and the middle part of this week during that period of time. But that there’s no sign of a major pattern shift that is going to direct more cool air from the north into this region and keep it here for a while.”
Robinson says the average temperature in June was a bit below normal so the summer as a whole could be the 10th warmest on record.