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2 - 2020 sizzles as the warmest year on record, again

2 - 2020 sizzles as the warmest year on record, again

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Atlantic City International Airport is on pace to be the warmest year on record.

Eight of the top ten warmest years on record (full year records go back to 1944) have all occurred since 2010. Climate change is largely responsible for the consistent warmth in recent decades. The last time a year ranked within the top ten for coldest years, it was 1992, which came in tenth place. 

The 57.7 degree average temperature mark, as of Dec. 28, was driven in part by July. While July was the second hottest month at the airport, and the second hottest all time, when you take into account South Jersey as a whole, it was the hottest month on record, according to the New Jersey State Climatologist. For New Jersey as a whole, 2020 will wind up as the second warmest year on record.

At the airport, more than half of the year cracked the top ten warmest. This includes: January (7), February (3), March (3), June (5), July (2), August (4), and November (6). 

The early part of November was the more remarkable record stretch of the year. Record high temperatures were set on Nov. 7 (77 degrees), 8 (79 degrees) and 9 (76 degrees). That is the first time record highs were set on three consecutive days at the airport since Oct. 2016. Nov. 5 -11 all eclipsed the 70 degree mark, the longest such November streak. 

The warmth came on a weekend and sent people to the beach, playing in the sand. Even with water temperatures in the 50s, an offshore wind kept the chilly sea breeze away and Sen. Frank S. Farley Marina broke records as well. 

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