BOSTON (CBS) – Meteorological summer ends two weeks from this Sunday and southern New England may go the entire season without a significant heat wave.

According to WBZ-TV meteorologist Barry Burbank, there have been only four days of 90 degrees or above in the Boston area all summer.

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That hasn’t happened in 22 years, when there were only two 90+ days in 1992.

Last year there were 18 and we saw 25 in 2010.

“The mean temperatures were slightly under a degree above average for the months of May, June and July,” Burbank wrote in his most recent blog.

“August, however, is below average by more than a degree so far. Speculatively, there is a risk of some sizzling weather the last week of August but it is too premature to be confident of that forecast considering the repetitive pattern of this summer.”

Burbank says August averages about three days at 90 degrees or higher, but time is running out if you want a heat wave.

“Four years ago, we had a five-day heat wave from August 29 through September 2,” Burbank said.

“Interestingly, Boston has experienced only three heat waves in September with records extending way back to about 1870!”

(WBZ-TV graphic)

(WBZ-TV graphic)

Burbank also noted that the cool summer of 1992 was followed by the extremely harsh winter of 1992-1993.  That’s when Boston had close to 84 inches of snow with 39.4 inches of that falling in March.

But, he said it’s way too early to make any predictions about winter.

“It will be fascinating to see how the myriad of global factors align this fall in determining a final forecast for the upcoming winter,” he said.



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