If you think spring skipped us this year so far it has...blasting right into scorching 90+ summer heat.
An all time monthly record high of 94 F was set on March 28th, the earliest hottest calendar day on record.
It has never been this hot in Jacksonville during March. All but 3 days have been above average with most afternoons in the 80s. March had 5 days 90º or higher.
Daily record high temps were set on 9 separate days this March 2020. Making for the most ever recorded in one month in Jacksonville history
Records set on these dates: 3/4, 3/5, 3/15, 3/25, 3/27, 3/28, 3/29, 3/30, 3/31.
Factoring in the nightly lows with the daytime highs, the average temperature for the month at: 70.8 F (+9.1 F above normal) 2nd warmest March behind March 1945 at 71.4 F.
This was the 4th month in a row that Jacksonville has broken or tied the monthly high temperature record temperature since December.
Yet the number of 90 degree or higher days has been unprecedented. Never before have so many been recorded in the month.
The last time it was 90 degrees in Jacksonville during March was 45 years ago when the high hit 91º.
Keep in mind the average start of 90 degree heat in Jacksonville doesn't arrive until June.
To put this unusual warmth into perspective, there have only been 5 other dates in March reaching 90 or above since record keeping began in the 1800s including: 1974-91º, 1967-91º, 1935-91º, 1907-91º and again in 1907-90º.