Cape May NJ Weather Watch: Balmy November

Posted 11/13/05

By Paul Kerlinger
Outdoors Editor

CAPE MAY, NJ - Walking along the boardwalk and seeing people fishing, flying kites and sunbathing, makes me wonder if it is really mid-November.

Today (Sunday, November 13th) the temperature went up to nearly 65° F! That's a full six degrees above average.

With the southerly winds, it seems that Indian Summer is not going to leave without a fight.

For the first two weeks of November this year, the average daily high temperature has been the same as the average daily high temperature in all of October.

The average daily high temperature for October was almost 3° F warmer than the average for the past 50 years.

Overall, it is shaping up to be a very balmy fall.

Even the ocean temperatures are still fairly warm.

At noon, the surf water temperature hovered at 58° F. That’s 5° F above the average for November and equal to the average for the second half of October.

Although this marvelous weather makes for wonderful fishing, beach walking, gardening, and just plain being outside, these warmer temperatures seem to be a sign of climate change.

What this means for Cape May is not entirely known.

However, instead of shivering into the late fall, this year we are romping through some of the warmest November days we've had in Cape May in recent memory.

In case you were wondering, the actual record high temperature for this date was 72 degrees back in the 1985. The record low temperature was 27 degrees in 1995.

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