Chilly May in Cape May 2016

Cape May, NJ – You were more likely to see parkas and hoodies than shorts and tee shirts on the beach during the first half of this month.  Cape May has shivered through an unusually cool and wet early May. That, after a very warm early Spring, that brought out bathing suits in March.

For the first 18 days of the month, the average temperature is more than three degrees cooler than average, according to National Weather Service statistics.  During that same time, we got almost five inches of rain. And that’s not counting the rain headed our way this weekend.

Not a great combination for outdoor businesses.  Just ask the nice people at Village Bikes. They say they’re always the first to feel the effects of the weather, whether good or bad.

Even on the chillier days, walking or biking along the beachfront was still invigorating, as long as you dressed for the occasion.

Midweek in early May is usually a quiet time along the shore.

Last year at the same time, Cape May had some beautiful beach weather, so the folks at the Rusty Nail decided to open for the season one week earlier this year.

One thing the open air restaurant and bar didn’t count on was the cold weather.  You see, the restaurant has no heat.

They’re now serving their delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners seven days a week, despite the unusually cool temperatures.

Their regulars are just happy to see them open again.

This month, it’s all about knowing how to dress.


Back  to Cape May Times News Front Page


About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.