New Jersey is about to end another month of warmer than usual weather.
May is the 16th month in a row of above-normal temperatures in the Garden State.
Is the early heat wave a sign of things to come?
State climatologist Dave Robinson says the warm weather pattern might continue through the summer.
“Until we see temperatures starting to drop off for a period of time and maybe get down to normal, or even a few months below average, you tend to say, ‘Well, we’re going to ride it,” Robinson said. “The ocean temperatures are warm off the mid-Atlantic, so you’re not going to get a lot of cooler air in off the Atlantic.”
Robinson says even though Memorial Day’s weather was more like the Fourth of July, that doesn’t necessarily mean the state is in for sweltering conditions this summer.
Just five weeks ago there were worries about a drought in New Jersey. Robinson says those concerns are over now because since then rainfall over most of the state has been at or above average.