Mild, partly cloudy Friday before possible record warmth Saturday


It was another cool and dry day throughout the five boroughs, but it was not as cold as it has been lately as afternoon temperatures managed to reach the low and mid 50s. Central Park recorded a high of 50 degrees on Friday, making it just the third day this month where afternoon temperatures reached the 50-degree mark or higher. In addition, we managed to get some sun out there after a cloudy start to the day. 

For those of you hoping for the milder temperatures to hang around, you are in luck. Not only will temperatures remain on the mild side for Saturday, we could be looking at record-tying warmth as well. Thanks to a push of milder air ahead of a cold front, temperatures are expected to warm into the low and mid 60s, and a few locations may even reach 70 degrees.

Temperatures like that are very rare in the winter months, but when they do show up, they tend to test the record books. In fact, Central Park could very well tie or even break its record-high temperature for Dec. 11 (64 degrees) on Saturday, a record which has been standing since 1879.

Along with the warm weather however, we will have some rain and wind to deal with as well. Any wet weather that moves through early in the day is expected to be spotty in nature, but later in the evening, a line of heavier rain with embedded thunderstorms will make its way into the five boroughs. The winds will crank up at about the same time as well, and gusts in excess of 40 mph will be possible.

Once the wet weather exits the region Saturday night, some chillier air will slide back into the area on Sunday. It won’t stick around for long though as mild air will push its way back into our region on Monday. Afternoon highs are expected to reach the low to mid 50s just about every day next week, and we might even see another 60 on Thursday. In addition, we are likely to see a streak of sunny days as a high pressure system parks itself over our area early next week. All precipitation should remain out of the five boroughs until Friday. 

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