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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The climate report from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville states that 2020 was the warmest and most humid year on record. These weather conditions are compared to temperature records that go back to 1974 and rainfall records back to 1998.

The average temperature in 2020 was 71.9° ( +3.0°F above normal), just ahead of 71.8° back in 2015.

There were 81 days with the maximum temperature at or above 90°F. Normal is 74 days.

There were two days with a minimum temperature less than or equal to 32°F. Normal is seven days.

The dew point temperature average for 2020 was 63.4°F ( +3.0°F above normal). This makes 2020 the most humid year on record, ahead of 62.9°F in 2019. Peak heat index (feels-like temperature) was 112° on Aug. 4, 2020.

Total rainfall amount for the year came in at 58.80 inches ( +7.14 inches above normal). This makes 2020 the third wettest year since records began in 1998.

There were 85 days with thunderstorms. Normal is 77 days.

When it comes to fog, we had 20 days with dense fog. Normal is 35 days.

The highest peak wind speed was 53 mph on Feb. 6, 2020. This was the second-highest all-time for the month of February. The peak wind speed of 50 mph on Dec. 24, 2020, was the highest all-time for the month of December.


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