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Sandy Hook and nearby Monmouth County and Raritan Bay on the morning of June 25th. A few low-altitude cumulus clouds (and their shadows) dot the landscape, while cirrus reside overhead. Photo by Doug Robinson.

After an ample share of ups and downs throughout the past spring, the weather in June became rather typical for the start of summer. It was drier than average in the north and wetter than usual in the south, with the temperature close to the long-term mean. Fortunately, New Jersey entered the heart of summer with reservoirs full. However, with the onset of an apparent extended period of heat late in the month, it is certainly prudent to conserve water wisely.

The June average statewide temperature of 69.8° equaled the 1981–2010 mean, but is 1.0° above the 1895–present average. This tied with 1906 and 1967 as the 42nd mildest June on record. Precipitation averaged 3.43” across NJ, which is 0.58” below the 1981–2010 mean. This ranks as the 57th driest June, tied with 2011.

Latest Extremes

City, State Temp
Atlantic City Marina, NJ 68
Seaside Heights, NJ 68
Harvey Cedars, NJ 68
West Deptford, NJ 68
Fortescue, NJ 67
City, State Temp
Pequest, NJ 49
Basking Ridge, NJ 50
Kingwood, NJ 52
Hackettstown, NJ 53
Blue Mountain Lakes, NJ 53
most current information as of Jul 19 5:19 AM

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New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University Meteorology Program

56°F

Wind

1 mph from the W

Wind Gust

2 mph from the W

Sunny
85 °F
Mostly Clear
63 °F
Sunny
85 °F
Partly Cloudy
65 °F
Partly Sunny then Chance Showers
79 °F
Showers Likely
68 °F
Chance Showers then Chance T-storms
85 °F
Showers Likely
72 °F
Chance Showers
87 °F
Chance Showers
73 °F
Chance T-storms
87 °F
Chance Showers
72 °F
Chance T-storms
86 °F

Today

Sunny, with a high near 85. North wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

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