JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If it seems like the blazing hot afternoon temperatures have been hotter this summer, it's because they have been, record breaking in fact.
According to NASA's climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, "July 2016 was the absolutely hottest month since the instrumental records began."
Before you start packing up to move North, it wasn't that much hotter. NASA shared that July 2016 was a statistically small 0.1 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous records in Julys 2015, 2011, and 2009.
"It wasn't by the widest of margins, but July 2016 was the warmest month since record-keeping began in 1880," said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. "It appears almost a certainty that 2016 also will be the warmest year on record.
According to NASA, the record-warm July kept a streak alive of ten consecutive months (since October 2015,) that have set new monthly high-temperature records. The Northern hemisphere, particularly near the Arctic saw the most pronounced warmer weather.
The above average temperatures have continued into August, here is how Jacksonville is shaping up so far by the numbers. The all time record high for Jacksonville for August is 104° set on August 11th, 1879.
The average normal high temperature is 92.0°.
So far in August, high temperatures have been above average (93° or above) on 12 out of the 21 days. The hottest days this month so far were the 19th, 20th, and 21st where we hit 97° for an afternoon high.
Slight relief is in sight in the forecast. Northeasterly winds are forecasted to build across our area this week which will hold our afternoon highs around 90°, with a day or two only topping out in the upper 80s. Not quite a cool down, but much better than the upper 90s we saw this weekend.