Warm, sunny skies will dominate Memorial Day in the tri-state area

Crowds of New Yorkers flocked to the city’s beaches and parks to enjoy the plentiful sunshine on Memorial Day – when the unofficial arrival of summer got off to a sparkling start.

Clear skies with very little cloud greeted those who ventured onto the city’s green spaces on Monday afternoon, with mercury hitting 84 degrees in Central Park as of 2 p.m. — far warmer than the Memorial Day average of 75 degrees.

“Overall, it’s just an absolutely, almost perfect Memorial Day,” Fox Weather meteorologist Greg Diamond told The Post. “No chance of rain today in the tri-state area…Definitely one of the warmer Memorial Days in recent years.”

Crowds sunbathed or rode bikes in Central Park, while others hit the city’s beaches.

“Oh my god, this is the best,” said Amandina Altimare, 29, who walked her dog Bruno in the Manhattan park. “All New Yorkers have been waiting all winter for this weekend – Memorial Weekend – to be so beautiful.”

Altimare, who owns a social media agency, said she and her pooch needed to “take full advantage” of the day after answering their prayers for good weather.

“I’ve been praying for two weeks and hoping that today will be so beautiful,” Altimare continued. “And it happened! Hallelujah!”

Commemoration under a clear sky.
Clear skies greeted those who ventured out for Memorial Day.
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Coney Island Beach was also crowded, and revelers kicked off the summer season early by slinging down lobster rolls and clam strips.

“I’m just enjoying the day off,” Sam Johnson, 24, of SoHo, told The Post. “Get some sun. Try all the crazy foods.”

Katie Frank, a 36-year-old bartender from Queens, started her day at the New York Aquarium before hitting the sand.

Memorial Day event at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
“Overall, it’s just an absolutely, almost perfect Memorial Day,” said Fox Weather meteorologist Greg Diamond.
Gregory P. Mango

“It’s really crowded today compared to what we usually see,” Frank said. “I wouldn’t mind if it was a little hotter, but I’m a summer person.”

Monday’s warm weather is expected to continue into Tuesday — with a high of 96 in Central Park that would match a record set in 1939, Diamond said.

“When we hit 96, not only will it break the daily record, but it will also be the hottest temperature on record for the month of May since May 20, 1996, when Central Park also hit 96,” Diamond wrote in an E -Mail.

Fighter jets fly overhead.
Meteorologists say there’s no chance of rain in the Tristates on Monday.
Gregory P. Mango

It could also hit a scorching 95 in nearby Newark and surrounding areas of New Jersey on Tuesday.

Most of northern New Jersey, Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley will be in the low 90s before a “backdoor cold front” from New England plummets the mercury Wednesday while cooler air is brought in from Canada.

Highs in those areas will drop into the 70s on Wednesday, with temperatures getting almost 10 degrees cooler along the coasts. Wednesday’s expected high in New York — 69 degrees — will feel much cooler than the day before, Diamond said.

Some rain is expected in New York late Wednesday through Thursday — with another round of precipitation across the Tristate region late Thursday.

Storms will then linger throughout New York and surrounding areas early Friday before dissipating — with temperatures expected in the upper 70s and low 80s, Diamond said.

The city’s Department of Parks & Recreation, which maintains 14 miles of beaches, reminded beachgoers Saturday to be safe when hitting the surf.

“Remember to only swim when lifeguards are on duty,” the agency said tweeted when announcing the opening of city beaches. “Lifeguards are on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Swimming is unsafe and strictly prohibited at all other times.”

All city beaches, including Brooklyn’s Coney Island and Rockaway Beach in Queens, are free and open to the public.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/30/warm-sunny-skies-dominate-memorial-day-in-tristate-area/ Warm, sunny skies will dominate Memorial Day in the tri-state area

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