NEW YORK (PIX11) — While Thursday started out soggy and cool, the afternoon featured gradual improvement as the clouds slowly thinned and some breaks of sunshine. Friday will be a transitional day featuring a wide range of temperatures that is dependent on the wind direction. Afterward, the heat is on for the weekend as temperatures are expected to jump toward 90 degrees for the first time since last summer. On Saturday, we may end up seeing new record high temperatures.

Thursday night will feature partly cloudy skies. Along coastal sections, areas of fog may develop bringing down the visibility. Temperatures will end up at around upper 50s in the city.

As the winds will come from the south to southeast, we will see afternoon highs vary quite a bit across the region. Coastal sections to the east may end up with more clouds and temperatures holding in the 60s. Further west toward the city, the sun will break through the clouds and that should help bring temperatures further into the low to mid 70s. For inland sections, skies should be mostly sunny and the southerly wind will bring temperatures into the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.

Regardless of how warm or cool it gets on Friday, there is the threat for a late day shower as a warm front approaches from the west.

As for the weekend goes, expect things to heat up. Winds will come from the southwest and that will drive the temperatures way up. Afternoon temperatures on Saturday will likely end up in the lower 90s under mostly sunny skies. Sunday looks to be also another hot day with highs around 90. Late in the day, a cold front will bring the chance for a scattered shower or thunderstorm.

The current record high of 93 degrees could be in jeopardy for Saturday, however the chance decreases for Sunday as the record for that day is 96 degrees.

Things will then cool down quite a bit for next week. Temperatures will back down into the low to mid 70s for much of the week under partly to mostly sunny skies.