Meteorological summer ended with a swampy high of 90 degrees yesterday. Only the sixth 90-degree day of the year.
Overall, summer 2014 tied with 1968 and 1979 as the 54th warmest summer in Central Park since observations began in 1869. The average temperature of 54.7 degrees for the year so far puts 2014 way back in the pack, tied with 1909 as the 83rd warmest January through August period. Perhaps more remarkable than the slightly cool summer is the total lack of any heat waves or cool spells. The last time the daily temperature was more than nine degrees away from average was back on June 18th.
Although the calendar says meteorological summer is over there is still plenty of summer heat to contend with this week. Today won't be quite as hot as yesterday but thanks to the Bermuda High it will still be sticky and miserable. This afternoon's high should reach the upper 80s and with this much heat and humidity around we can't rule out isolated showers or thunderstorms, though probably nothing as intense as yesterday's storm.
The heat is expected to rebound tomorrow when the temperature is likely to hit the low 90s. Once again we'll have a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Any chance of rain will come to an end late Tuesday when a weak cold front will sweep the moisture away. What the front won't sweep away is the warm weather. Daily highs are expected to reach the mid to upper 80s under mostly sunny skies for the latter half of the week.