Winter '09-'10 has brought New Yorkers bitter cold, record snowfall and major flooding, but the last full day of winter saw temperatures more typical of May than March.
Records fell across the tri-state region on Friday, as high pressure to the south continued to bring a warm southwest flow and unseasonably mild temperatures.
Central park topped out at 72 degrees on Friday, four degrees short of a record, but other locales tied or broke records.
Islip warmed up to 69 degrees, smashing the old record of 55 set in 1986. And JFK similarly erased an old record: Friday’s high was 69 degrees, well above the old record of 60 degrees set back in 1969. Newark reached a balmy high of 73 degrees.
Saturday brings the chance for another round of records to fall, with temperatures expected to climb well into the 70’s.
A new record is unlikely in Central Park as the previous hottest March 20th saw 83 degrees in 1945, but JFK, Islip, and Bridgeport could easily top old high temperature records for the date.
The normal high temperature in Central Park for Saturday is 51 degrees.