Sunny, summer-like end to the week before things cool a bit this weekend


The week ended on what felt more like a summer day. LaGuardia tied its record high of 83 degrees set back in 1956. While Central Park didn’t break any records, it was still some 14 degrees above the normal high when the temperature topped out at 79 degrees. Saturday will be another warm day, but a cold front approaches late in the day bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few storms could contain damaging winds as well, as colder air rushes in behind the front.

A few patchy clouds may return Friday night. Regardless, it will be very comfortable as temperatures drop into the upper 60s in the city. 

On Saturday, there could a few clouds in the morning, but skies may clear out during the middle part of the day. A good southerly breeze kicking up at around 30 mph at times will help bring temperatures up into the upper 70s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may hold off until late in the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center has indicated a marginal risk of severe weather indicating that an isolated storm could contain damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. 

The storms should clear out late Saturday night and the winds will shift to the northwest allowing temperatures to take a tumble. Overnight temperatures will drop into the low to mid 50s.

On Sunday, a cool wind will gust at around 20 mph at times during the day. That will keep temperatures in the lower 60s during the day. In the afternoon, an upper level disturbance will bring back the clouds and a few widely isolated showers cannot be ruled out. Cooler air will continue heading into Sunday night where temperatures could drop into the upper 40s for the first time since May.

On Monday, temperatures will hold in the mid 60s in the afternoon under mostly sunny skies. Despite, the cooler temperatures, it is actually where we should be at this time of the year. Heading into the middle part of the week, temperatures will moderate, possibly climbing back into the mid 70s by Thursday before a cold front brings the chance of showers by next Friday.

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