This January has been one of the warmest on record

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Temperatures around the Garden State this month have been much warmer than traditional winter weather, with weather experts saying that this January has been one of the warmest on record.

And while many New Jerseyans have been out enjoying the warmer weather, meteorologists say that there are some consequences.

“We've had 17 days that have been more than five degrees above normal. This is using Newark as a baseline. We've only had five days that were below normal,” says Climate Central Meteorologist Sean Sublette.

New Jersey hasn’t seen any significant snowfall this year and plants around the state have begun to bloom ahead of schedule.

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“Ticks are becoming more prevalent across the Garden State, whereas they used to be much more prevalent just to the southeast. Plus, the other thing is the mosquitoes,” says Sublette.

Sublette says that mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise across the eastern half of the United States. These insects would typically die off in large numbers as the weather gets colder.

Then there is agriculture. Some plants like apple trees need cold for their fruits to grow. As a result, apple yields have gone down.

And businesses that rely on snow and cold weather, such as snowplow operators and ski resorts, have seen business decline this winter.

Meteorologists are calling for similar weather patterns for February.

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