Jerseyans losing their cool: It’s too hot for early June
Yesterday’s heat brought a power outage to some 75,000 Essex County residents, including some parts of Newark where some stoplights continue to flash red waiting for a restart. Relief is in sight for the heat wave to break with thunderstorms later this evening.
State climatologist Dave Robinson said the only other day Newark got this hot this early was May 20, 1996, when it also reached 99 degrees.
AccuWeather.com reported Toms River hit 100 degrees at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, which would place yesterday in some rarefied — and very hot — air when it comes to early June temperatures in New Jersey, which has had only a smattering of triple-digit temperatures in the last century.
Robinson couldn’t confirm the reading. The air conditioning went out at Rutgers University’s Kilmer Library, and his internet server had to be shut down when its temperature reached 114 degrees.
“I’m having to rely on paper records,” Robinson said. “We’re definitely in the big leagues for early June heat waves.”