Breath of Spring Brings 2 Warm Days, Temps Reach 70s

Central Park saw 61 on Wednesday and 71 on Thursday.

By Steve Sosna
|  Thursday, Mar 8, 2012  |  Updated 6:28 PM EDT
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It hit 70 in parts of the tri-state today, but it should cool down by tomorrow.

It hit 70 in parts of the tri-state today, but it should cool down by tomorrow.

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Temps surged into the 70s in parts of the tri-state on Thursday, breathing a refreshing shot of spring into the week before rain and cooler weather moves back in.

Central Park reached 71 degrees, while Newark saw 72, although strong winds kept it feeling a bit cooler in some spots. South-facing shore communities like Islip were cooler, at 61.

A wind advisory remains in effect for the city, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the immediate New Jersey suburbs until midnight.

Temps pushed above 60 in many areas on Wednesday, with a high of 61 in Central Park, 64 in Newark and 63 in Long Branch, N.J.

Cooler air is waiting in the wings, though. After some possible showers on the horizon for Thursday night, cooler temperatures return by Friday and are expected to last the weekend.

Friday is expected to be much cooler, with highs near 50.

Saturday's high is only forecast at 46, while Sunday is a bit warmer at 55. And don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night.

Though temperatures will cool after Thursday, meteorologists say there's no sign of winter weather returning for the next two weeks.

The climate prediction center shows temperatures well above normal through the next 14 days, forecasters say. Temperatures are expected to return to the 60s Monday.

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