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Flash flooding in an underpass in Perth Amboy (Middlesex County) on August 7th.
Photo by the Perth Amboy Police Dept.

The summer of 2019 concluded on a warm and a bit dry note when averaged across the Garden State. The warmth was a common theme throughout June to August, while the earlier summer months were on the wet side. The average August temperature of 74.4° was 1.4° above the 1981–2010 mean and is tied with 1983 and 1973 as the 14th warmest since 1895. On 12 days, the temperature topped out at 90° or hotter at one or more Rutgers NJ Weather Network station, but never exceeded 96°. The heat was somewhat tempered by seven mornings with lows in the 40°s at some northwestern NJWxNet locations.

August precipitation averaged 3.75” across NJ. This was 0.35” below normal and ranks as the 52nd driest of the past 125 Augusts. As expected during a summer month that is dominated by hit and miss showers, rainfall totals varied quite a bit, even on a local scale. The driest location in the state was Lambertville in Hunterdon County where 1.48” fell, while the wettest was Lebanon, also in Hunterdon County, with 7.99”. When and where the storms struck, they were, at times, intense. This included small tornadoes and more widespread strong winds, dangerous lightning, and flash flooding.

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Moorestown, NJ 92
Upper Deerfield, NJ 91
Mannington Twp., NJ 91
Sicklerville, NJ 91
West Deptford, NJ 91
City, State Temp
Harvey Cedars, NJ 75
Atlantic City Marina, NJ 77
West Cape May, NJ 78
Sea Girt, NJ 79
Fortescue, NJ 80
most current information as of Sep 23 3:43 PM

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This Afternoon

Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind around 9 mph.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a slight chance of showers between 2am and 3am. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 63. West wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

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