Mild end to 2021 along with some clouds, comfortable temps for ball drop


NEW YORK — It’s going to be a warm end to 2021.

Winds will shift southwesterly as a warm front approaches the region. Temperatures may get close to record highs during the weekend, but a storm system will also bring some rain that could be on the heavy side. 

The rinse and repeat pattern will continue for one more night. Skies will remain cloudy Thursday night with areas of patchy fog developing in spots. Temperatures will end up holding in the mid 40s through the night.

A good deal of clouds will stick around for the final day of 2021. There may be some clearing during the day as high pressure crosses through the region. At night, clouds will make a return as temperatures approach 50 degrees by the time the ball drops for the new year.

It will be a relatively nice end to the year, but expect a soggy start to 2022. A storm system will bring rain and it could potentially be heavy at times in the morning before it tapers off to showers in the afternoon.

Along with the rain, the warm southwesterly flow will continue. Temperatures could approach 60 degrees late on Saturday or early Sunday morning. 

Once the front passes, temperatures will take a tumble all day through the 50s and 40s on Sunday. A few showers may linger around on Sunday, and it may actually turn to snow showers for some before it finally ends. Temperatures will end up dropping to around 30 degrees, but a gusty northwesterly wind will make it feel much colder. 

On Monday, temperatures may only climb into the lower 30s under mostly sunny skies. The winds will ease, but it will still feel more like the 20s.

7-day forecast: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021
Seven-day forecast for Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (PIX11 Weather Team)

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