A year ago, New Jersey sweated through its fifth-hottest July ever. This July was even hotter, claiming the fifth slot and bumping last July into sixth place. Detect a pattern? The past four Julys all rank among New Jersey’s six hottest since record keeping began in 1895…But most striking about the month were the minimum temperatures. On 26 July days, the mercury failed to dip below 70 degrees at weather stations around the state. "There’s no question the nighttime average lows in July far surpassed any other month on record," said David Robinson, a Rutgers University professor and the state climatologist. "We just shattered the record in terms of the lack of nighttime cooling."
/ / / As far as heat goes, July was the cruelest month