With temperatures expected to hit 100 Saturday, this current heat wave could last through the weekend. Even with all the hot weather this week, though, it might not be a record-setting summer in New Jersey.
State climatologist Dave Robinson says most parts of New Jersey have about 20 days a year of temperatures above 90 degrees. Some places already have had 11 of them.
“With a couple more heat waves later in the summer, we’re going to exceed that average,” Robinson said. “But right now, there’s nothing that suggests we’re going to be approaching what we had two summers ago when, wow, we were up to 50 (days) 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. He said, however, there are no major drought concerns because reservoir levels are still OK.