Record-breaking heat brings southern Jersey to shore | Weather
MARGATE – They ranked two by two and four by four, with beach chairs and umbrellas in tow.
They walked over to their favorite patch of sand, settled in their chairs and gazed at the blue hue of the ocean.
In June, it’s a daily way of life. In April, it’s downright unusual.
At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina in Atlantic City reached a high temperature of 80 degrees, according to the New Jersey State’s Office of the Climatologist. On average, the first 80 degree day of the year is May 12.
“It’s good. I wish it had stayed that way all the time,” said Tim Cox of Delaware, who was in Margate for the day.
It should be warm enough for a day at the beach on Wednesday.
Temperatures peaked at the marina at 12:10 p.m. before a cool, easterly sea breeze kicked in, keeping the 70s cooler but still very hot for the day.
Local sea breezes occur when the sun and warm air lift the air to the surface. As long as the winds are light, the cooler, denser ocean air fills the void, lowering temperatures. Water temperatures were in the low 50s for most of the day.
In Wednesday’s case, the west-southwest winds were at times windy enough to force the warm surface air from the mainland towards the shore, pushing the cold sea air away. When the offshore winds died down , temperatures have dropped again.