MOUNT HOLLY, NJ – After a scorcher of a weekend in Piscataway, the worst of the heat wave is expected on Monday, with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper-90s and heat index values exceeding 100 in much of the region, said officials with the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office.  

“Overnight lows in the mid to upper 70s will offer little relief from the heat,” they said.

“Hot times continue for New Jersey. Temperatures have been running above normal since early summer,” said Rutgers climatologist, David A. Robinson.

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“Last month was the 10th warmest June since 1895, with July seemingly destined to rank among the top 10,” said Robinson. “Thanks to Tropical Storm Fay’s statewide soaking, rainfall averaged above normal during the first half of July. However, showers and thunderstorms will be necessary from time to time through the remainder of the summer to avoid the threat of June’s abnormally dry conditions recurring.”

Weather officials advise residents who have to work outside to take extra precautions.

“Reschedule outdoor activities to the early morning or evening hours,” they said. “Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water. If at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned building and check on others who may be susceptible to the extreme heat, especially the elderly.”

The heat wave returns on Wednesday but conditions are not expected to be as extreme.

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