According to the calendar, we’re only 27 days into the summer of 2017, which officially runs from June 21 through Sept. 22.
Of course, the definition of summer varies, depending on who you ask. For those in school, summer continues until classes start again. Some parents may jokingly tell you that’s when their summer begins.
In terms of the South Jersey tourist season, it runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
And then there are meteorologists who like to be different, yet simpler, and determine meteorological summer to be the months of June, July and August. Using the last definition, we are just past the halfway point of a summer that has featured frequent bouts of heat, but not excessive in terms of intensity or duration.
Temperatures for the summer so far are running about two degrees warmer than average. For vacationers or those hoping for warm, dry and cooperative weather for outdoor plans, the summer has been a generally nice one overall.
Perhaps the one complaint and the one inconsistent feature this summer has been our ocean temperature.
Several major upwelling events have led to three different occasions when the surf temperatures dropped 10 to 15 degrees in a matter of days.
As a result, many beachgoers have been caught by surprise with comfortable water one day, then unseasonably chilly the next.
Over the last three days, sea breezes have delivered 75-degree water to the beaches from Long Beach Island to Cape May, the warmest water so far this summer.
With no prolonged, upwelling-inducing southwest winds over the next few days, it looks like swimmers just may be able to enjoy that warm water a while longer.
Southwest winds do return for a day or two later this week and will be responsible for bringing some 90-degree warmth back to the South Jersey mainland.
However, I don’t expect the heat to be as extreme as it was late last week, and likewise, no extreme storms are expected either.
The weekend brings our next best chance for scattered thunderstorms, especially by Sunday.