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Temps creep toward record-breaking highs in October’s summer blast

NEW YORK – The mercury exceeded 80 degrees Tuesday, flirting with high-temperature records in the tri-state area as a late taste of summer continues.

The temperature peaked at 81 in the city, a single degree shy of a record set in 1928.

The unseasonable warmth will continue Wednesday, which comes with the chance of an isolated shower, as the high temperature once again is expected to hit 80 degrees.

Usually at this time of year, the high temperature in Central Park tops out in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday’s high temperature hit 80 degrees in Central Park – the normal high for late August. It was well out of reach for the hottest Oct. 17 on record, which was in 1938 when the mercury hit 90 degrees.


Starting Thursday, the temperatures will dip down to more seasonable highs.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy with showers as a cold front slowly passes through the area later in the day. The high temperature will be 72 in the city, low 70s in the suburbs.

Friday will be partly sunny with continuing chance of scattered showers as another cold front will move through in the afternoon. The high temperature will be 71 in the city, low 70s in the suburbs.

Fall will make a return in earnest at the start of the weekend.

Saturday will be partly cloudy, breezy and cooler as winds will shift to the northwest as Canadian high pressure slowly moves eastward. The high temperature will be 65 in the city, mid 60s in the suburbs.

Sunday will be mostly sunny and cool with a high temperature of 61 in the city, low 60s in the suburbs.

PIX11 News' Joe Punday contributed to this report.