New Jersey residents sweated through the fourth hottest summer on record in the state.
According to a report from Rutgers University, the average temperature during meteorological summer, or June through August, was 74.9 degrees.
That’s 2.9 degrees above the 1895 through 2015 mean, the report said.
“Nine of the 15 warmest summers of the past 122 years have occurred since 1999. The number of days with stations with maximums of 90° or higher is running somewhat higher than average,” New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson said in the report.
The hottest summer on record was in 2010, with an average temperature of 76.2 degrees, followed by 2005 (75.6 degrees), 2011 (75.2 degrees), 2016 (74.9 degrees), and 1949 (74.6 degrees).
The ninth warmest July on record transitioned to the second warmest August.
“Nine of the 15 warmest Augusts of the past 122 years have occurred since 2002, a pattern similar to that of July temperatures,” Robinson said.
Conversely, rainfall was below normal, with the 11.55-inch statewide average 1.42-inches below the 1895 through 2015 mean, ranking the summer the 47th driest on record, the report said.