FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Summer comes to an end at 10:29 p.m. Monday. But for many, it felt like summer never really began in Fairfield County.
"If you think back to the height of summer, it didn't feel warm," said Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of meteorological studies and the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. "There were no stretches of hot weather, humid weather this past summer."
But temperature-wise, the summer of 2014 in Fairfield County was actually warmer than it felt. In fact, it was just about normal.
"Summer averaged 0.15 of a degree warmer than normal," Lessor said. "It was very close to normal."
Like many, Lessor said he thought the average summer temperature would be cooler than normal.
"But the night-time lows weren't as cool as they should have been," he said. "But with lower humidity and temperatures mostly in the 80s, it didn't feel that bad this summer."
The cooler, drier temperatures -- relatively speaking -- had an unexpected benefit, Lessor said.
"It allowed people to spend a lot more time doing outdoor activities," he said. "People had more energy this summer. They weren't sacked out with weather in the 90s and dew points in the 70s. Because of that, they were more motivated to do projects, get outside."
Overall, "it was a gorgeous summer," Lessor said. And it went out with a bang -- with temperatures near 80 degrees on Sunday with very high humidity.
And if you missed the heat of summer this year -- just wait.
"Next summer should be hot, hot, hot," said Lessor. "Hot summers occur as you come out of El Nino, which is the case for next year."
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