New Year’s Eve forecast: Heavy rain to end 2018 in NYC

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NEW YORK — Don't get too excited about the mild temperatures ending 2018 — it'll be paired with punishing rainstorms set to pummel New York City as the ball drops.

Monday started off with sunshine, but clouds are forecast to lower and thicken quickly during the afternoon.

Rain will begin in the afternoon and spread from west to east around 2  to 4  p.m.

After 6 p.m., those in NYC can expect the rain to get generally heavier in intensity and continue that way until just after midnight.

Umbrellas will be a requirement heading to New Year's Eve gatherings, but those in Times Square will need to rely on ponchos as umbrellas are not allowed due to safety reasons.

After the ball drops, rain will taper off to showers.

Some may consider the wet weather an improvement over last year, however. New Year's Eve 2017 was the second coldest on record, with the high topping off at 21 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Either way, it's too bad New Year's Eve celebrations can't be postponed to Jan. 1st.

Sunny skies with near record highs will mark the first day of 2019. Temperatures are forecast to spike early on New Year's Day to near 60 degrees, but readings should hold in the 50s through the afternoon.

Winds will pick up, as well, for Tuesday night with gusts reaching 30 mph or higher.

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