Originally Posted by tom77falcons
The combination of low standard deviation in summer, and average highs in June, July and August in the mid 80's with average lows in the upper 60's means it is like this every single year, give or take a few degrees. We are at the same latitude as Naples, Italy (actually a tiny bit lower)!
It's pretty hard to get a summer like they get in the UK here. In fact, it is impossible. I would also go so far as to say, considering the temps they are getting there now, I'd rather put up with our winters anyday over having a day in June with a high temp in the 50's. Yuk!
I would say it is still possible for bigger variation in temperatures in June, July, and August than what you believe is possible in areas of the Northeast, including Philadelphia.
Yes. It is pretty hard for Philadelphia to get a summer like they can get in the UK. But it still is possible for at least a few days in the summer to feel non summer like and kind of cold.
For example, June 14th after tomorrow the forecast high for Boston, Massachusetts will only be 59 degrees with a low of 50.
Boston had a few days this June so far with highs not reaching 60 or at least barely reaching 60.
New York City for June 14th has a forecast of high of only 64. New York City so far had like 5 days this June that did not reach 70 and highs in the mid 60s for those 5 days.
However, Philadelphia and Washington DC are usually noticeably warmer than Boston and even New York in the summer, and the winter so it is less possible there than compared to New York and especially Boston.
However, the all time record lows for Philadelphia in June is 44 degrees, July 51, and for August 44 degrees.
And since all time record highs in Philadelphia for summer months happen almost every year, this means temperatures at record low territory can happen more often than some people think.
Plus, the rest of Pennsylvania is much cooler than Philadelphia so the rest of Pennsylvania is much more to bigger temperature variations than Philadelphia even in the summer.
Yes usually summers are warm in areas of the Northeast, and plenty of sunshine. But some summers can be much cooler, cloudier, and wet than other summers even for those same areas of the Northeast.