July 2020 Wasn’t Just Hot, It Was The Hottest July In NJ History
I was just commenting to a friend yesterday that this summer has seemed unusually hot.
Turns out that it's not just me, it has been hot this summer. In fact, last month was New Jersey's hottest July ever.
In a detailed report, Dr. David A. Robinson, the Rutgers based New Jersey State Climatologist explains that while July 2020 didn't have thermometer-popping 100+ degree days, in fact we didn't have any, last month did have more days that hit at least 90 degrees than any other July on record.
And those records have been kept for 125 years.
According to Dr. Robinson's report, there were 25 days in July that had at least one New Jersey weather station register a temperature of at least 90 degrees.
Half of those days hit at least 95 degrees.
There were a bunch of days where the low temperatures didn't go below 70 degrees, too, which Dr. Robinson says is, "...indicative of the frequent high humidity levels during July".
All of this came together to push the average temperature for the month to 78.8 degrees, the highest temperature since records started being kept in 1895.
The next hottest July for New Jersey was 9 years ago, back in 2011 when the average temperature for the month was 78.4 degrees.
As an interesting side note, it looks like spending your summers up in the mountains is the way to go if you want to keep cool (well, in a relative sense). The only New Jersey weather station not to hit 90 at least once last month was the one that's all the way up in High Point, NJ in Sussex County.
If you really want to geek out, you can check out Dr. Robinson's very thorough report by clicking here.