NEW YORK – Summer is making a brief but powerful return this week as temperatures are forecast to climb into the 80s, threatening to break records almost a month after autumn officially began.
The week began warmer than usual. Expect a high temperature of about 77 degrees in the city and suburbs Monday, and a balmy night with temperatures in the high 60s.
But Tuesday is when the real heat arrives. Temperatures will be well above normal with a high of 80 in the city and low 80s in the suburbs.
By comparison, the typical temperature in Central Park for this time of year is about 64 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
It will still feel like summer Wednesday, when the mercury is expected to climb into the upper 70s to low 80s for much of the region.
That means Tuesday and Wednesday's temperatures could break records.
Record-high temperatures were set in Central Park on those days in 1928 and 1963 respectively --
The hottest Oct. 18 on record was in 1928 when the mercury hit 82 degrees in Central Park, according to the NWS. It was in 1963 that temperatures hit a record high in Central Park on Oct. 19. That year, the high temperature that day was 83 degrees.
Still, this late taste of summer won’t last long.
It will get cooler starting Thursday, when scattered showers will move slowly through the area and the high temperature is forecast to hover in the low 70s. Friday’s temperatures will be much of the same, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible.
PIX11 News' Joe Punday contributed to this report.