Halloween weekend weather: More rain before clouds clear; drop in temps on the way

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Brooklyn Bridge

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NEW YORK — It’s a wet finish to the week.

Even though Halloween looks mainly dry, there’s a slight chance of a few showers. The recent rainfall brought the monthly deficit to a surplus, from almost three inches below average to more than a half inch above normal. 

In addition to the wet conditions this week, the last couple days felt quite blustery. The high reached 56 degrees on Friday at Central Park. With peak winds in the 40s, 50s, and 60s across the region, wind chills made it feel much colder. However, the fall chill turned mild as temperature reached the 60s Saturday. Despite showers tapering off during the early part of the evening, coastal flooding remains a concern in parts of New Jersey and Long Island. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a warning for some locations in NJ.

So far, Halloween looks like a wet start with a dry finish and a few spot showers possible in between. There is a good chance that you won’t have to cover up the costumes you worked so hard to put together. Highs are expected to top out in the 60s in the city, making it ideal weather for Ghoulish festivities.

The mild weather continues Monday with a high near 60 in the city. However, a series of cold fronts will arrive knocking temperatures down to some of the coldest readings so far this season. In fact, some areas north and west of the city may get the first snowflakes of the season. There’s a good chance of lows bottoming out in the upper 30s in the city Wednesday night while daytime highs max out in the 50s.

Celestial watch

NASA captured a solar flare this past Thursday morning. The powerful bursts of radiation sent charged particles toward the Earth, known as Coronal Mass Ejection. The CME interacts with the planet’s magnetic field, and that energy causes the Aurora Borealis.

There is a chance of viewing the display on Halloween weekend. But the cloud cover and rain could block these Northern Lights. While the geomagnetic storms create a beautiful hue in the night sky, it can pose problems with satellites and power grids.

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