The city of NJ set two heat records on Sunday, one for hitting 100 degrees for a 5th straight day

This week’s relentless heat wave continued on Sunday, with New Jersey hitting 100 degrees in multiple locations, including Newark, where the city set a one-day mark and another record, its fifth straight day of heat three digits, according to preliminary information from the National Weather Service.

Newark peaked at 102 degrees at 4:31 p.m. at the National Weather Service’s Newark Liberty International Airport, the agency’s New York office said in a notice late Sunday afternoon.

“This beats the old record of 99 set in 2010,” for July 24, the notice read. “This also marks the fifth day in a row that the temperature reached 100 at the airport, the longest such streak ever recorded in Newark. Records date back to the year 1931.”

“All climate data is considered preliminary until reviewed by the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI),” the advisory added.

It was in Newark – July 22, 2011 – that the National Weather Service recorded the highest temperature on record in New Jersey, for any date, anywhere, at 108 degrees, Amanda Lee said , meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly forecast. Desk.

This graph shows the hottest temperatures on record at Newark Liberty International Airport in Essex County since 1931.Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The New Jersey State Climatologist’s Office at Rutgers University, which maintains statewide weather records dating back to 1895, says the hottest day on record in New Jersey was July 10, 1936, when a weather monitoring station at Old Bridge in Middlesex County reached 110 degrees.

Other hot spots on Sundays

Lee said the temperature even reached 100 degrees Sunday at two other New Jersey monitoring sites: Somerset Airport in Bedminster, which the agency calls Somerville; and at South Jersey Regional Airport in Lumberton, called Mount Holly.

They were also the highest temperatures on record for July 24 at both locations, Lee said, following Bedminster’s previous record high of 96 degrees in 2016 and Lumberton’s record high of 97 degrees in 2012.

However, Lee said Bedminster and Lumberton’s high ratings would not be considered official records as both were recorded at automated monitoring stations in place only since the 1990s.

July 24 record times map

This National Weather Service map shows record temperatures of 100 degrees or more at the agency’s monitoring locations in Newark and Somerset and Burlington counties.National Weather Service

Lee said there were no other daily highs set in the state, but Trenton Mercer Airport matched its July 24 daily record when the mercury reached 98 degrees Sunday afternoon. Atlantic City International Airport reached 99 degrees, just one degree from matching its daily record of 100, set in 2011.

The weather service recorded temperatures of 99 degrees at its monitoring stations at McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County and Millville in Cumberland County.

Among the scorching temperatures reported across the state on Sunday by the Rutgers NJ Weather Network, which is not affiliated with the National Weather Service, included:

  • 102° in Hillsborough, County of Somerset
  • 102° in Berkeley Township, Ocean County
  • 100° at Howell, Monmouth County
  • 100° at Oswego Lake, Burlington County
  • 100° in Pennsauken, Camden County
  • 100° in Piney Hollow Preservation Area, Gloucester County
  • 100° at Red Lion (Southampton Township), Burlington County
  • 100° in Toms River, Ocean County
NJ Weather Heatwave Records

New daily records were set in Newark and Philadelphia on Sunday, July 24, 2022, and a daily record was tied in Trenton.Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Lee said this week’s heat wave would begin to break out tonight, as a pressure front carried cooler air from the Midwest and Canada. For example, Sunday evening’s low in Newark was forecast at 80 degrees, followed by a high of 91 degrees on Monday with showers expected in the afternoon, before clearer skies and a high of just around 85 on Tuesday.

Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a line of severe thunderstorms was moving through parts of northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey. The weather service said some of those thunderstorms were drifting into Sussex and Warren counties and could generate wind gusts as strong as 50 mph.

The National Storm Prediction Center says all 21 counties in New Jersey face a slight risk of severe thunderstorms — with the potential for heavy downpours, small hail and damaging winds — on Monday.

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NJ Advance Media writer Len Melisurgo contributed to this report.

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