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Cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark (Essex County)

Following a March with the first substantially below-average monthly temperature anomaly in NJ in over a year, April brought a return to record warmth last seen in February. With a statewide average of 56.0°, the month was 5.1° above the 1981–2010 mean. This ranked as the warmest April since statewide records commenced in 1895. Five of the top 10 and nine of the top 20 mildest Aprils of the past 123 years have occurred since 2002. With the warmth of January, February, and April hardly balanced by the colder March, this year is off to the 4th warmest start on record. Only January–April averages in 2012, 1998, and 2002 were higher, and five of the eight mildest such intervals in the past 123 years have been since 2002. The 12-month period from May 2016 through April 2017 was the third warmest on record at 55.5°. It was only surpassed by May 2011–April 2012 (56.5°) and 2015–2016 (56.2°). Twelve of the 15 warmest such intervals of the past 123 years have occurred since 1999, the others being in 1931–1932 (#10), 1990–1991 (#11), and 1991–1992 (#14).

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Lyndhurst, NJ 62
Logan Twp., NJ 60
West Deptford, NJ 60
Point Pleasant, NJ 59
Sea Bright, NJ 59
City, State Temp
Walpack, NJ 50
Wantage, NJ 52
High Point, NJ 52
Charlotteburg, NJ 53
Howell, NJ 54
most current information as of May 24 12:22 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

56°F

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0 mph from the N

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0 mph from the NNE

Showers Likely
53 °F
Showers Likely then Partly Sunny
71 °F
Chance Showers then Showers
56 °F
Showers and Patchy Fog
65 °F
Showers Likely and Patchy Fog
55 °F
Chance Showers
74 °F
Partly Cloudy
57 °F
Mostly Sunny
76 °F
Chance Showers
58 °F
Chance Showers then Chance T-storms
74 °F
Chance T-storms
60 °F
Chance T-storms
74 °F
Chance Showers
59 °F
Chance Showers
78 °F

Overnight

Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers, mainly after 2am. Low around 56. East wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog. High near 65. East wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Patchy fog before 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 55. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Memorial Day

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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