Sunny, warm Monday before a cooldown and showers


NEW YORK — It was a warm start to the week as temperatures climbed into the upper 70s. We will see more of the same on Tuesday, but a cold front will bring a few scattered showers along with a few gusty thunderstorms. Cooler air will follow behind and it will linger around through the rest of the week.

The mild breeze that had developed on Monday will diminish heading into the evening. Clouds started to filter into the region well ahead of the cold front. For that reason, it won’t be as cool with temperatures dropping into the mid 60s in the city. A few outlying areas may end up into the mid 50s.

It will be a partly cloudy start on Tuesday. In the afternoon, a few scattered showers will develop. A few of them could contain briefly heavy downpours as well as a gusty thunderstorm. Most of the showers and storms should diminish early in the evening. Ahead of the front, it will be another warm day as temperatures climb into the upper 70s.

After the front passes, cooler air will arrive and stick around. Wednesday will feature mostly sunny skies with a brisk northwesterly in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 60s.

The rest of the week will remain on the cool side with highs in the mid 60s under sunny skies.

Expect more sunshine to continue into next weekend, but temperatures will start to climb back toward 70 degrees on Sunday. 

Tracking the Tropics

As of 5 a.m. on Monday, from the Nation Weather Center, Hurricane Sam is still a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, moving northwest at 8 mph. It’s a small, yet powerful storm and is expected to remain a major hurricane for several days.

The good news is that there’s greater confidence that it won’t make landfall in the United States, but it will likely produce large waves, dangerous surf, and rip currents at the Atlantic beaches. We will continue to monitor this massive storm and keep you abreast of any changes.

A few facts about Sam:

The name has been used in other regions, but this is the first time Sam has been used in Atlantic hurricane history.

Sam is the 18th named storm of the 2021 season.

It became the 4th major hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic Season.

Sam was the fifth storm this season to undergo rapid intensification, following in the footsteps of Elsa, Grace, Ida and Larry.

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