January ended with “clearly above” normal temperatures at the National Weather Service’s only official weather station at the Jersey Shore, the agency said.
After the month kicked off with an Arctic blast, mild air gradually settled in and remained.
The station, at Atlantic City International Airport, didn’t record a below normal temperature for the last 21 consecutive days of the month.
The airport registered its 19th warmest January on record, with an average temperature of 38.3 degrees, or 5.3 degrees above the normal of 33 degrees.
The measurement is an average of the daily high and low temperatures.
The highest temperature at the airport was 67 degrees on Jan. 12, while the lowest, 0 degrees, came a few days earlier on Jan. 9.
Seasonal snowfall is also down at the airport from last year at this time, measuring 16.7″ in 2015-2016 compared with 7.2″ now. The average January snowfall at that location is 4.5″.
But according to records from the New Jersey Office of the State Climatologist, February generates, on average, similar snowfall as January, and March has also produced significant snow events.
Looking forward through next week, after a cool down into the 30s for Friday and Saturday, temperatures are expected to rise back to around 40 on Sunday before gradually rising to the 50s next Wednesday, according to NOAA.