August Was Record Warm In Mass.

(Courtesy of NOAA)
(Courtesy of NOAA)

It's probably not at all surprising to anyone in the state who's been cranking their AC or sweating in the Fenway bleachers.

August was record warm in Massachusetts, NOAA said Thursday, the hottest the month has been here in more than 120 years of record keeping.

The average temperature in August was 73.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about 6 degrees warmer than the 20th century average.

And Massachusetts wasn't alone in having a record-setting month.

Three other New England states — Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island — set August records. For the other two New England states, Vermont and Maine, it was the second-warmest August on record.

"The record and near-record warmth across the Northeast was driven largely by record warm overnight low temperatures," NOAA said in a statement.

For the meteorological summer (June through August), this year was the second-warmest ever for Massachusetts, with an average temperature of 70.6 degrees.

Boston has set a record this summer with days in which the minimum temperature was at least 70 degrees, the National Weather Service has said.

As greenhouse gas emissions have increased, global temperatures have risen, with the last three years being the warmest on record, NOAA has said previously. (You can see how Massachusetts annual temperature averages have increased here.)

NOAA's August snapshot came Thursday — as most of the state was under a heat advisory.

The temperature in Boston hit 94 degrees early on Thursday afternoon.

This article was originally published on September 06, 2018.


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