The New York Harbor metro region was awash in warm air today. In some areas, temperatures reached their highest level in more than a century. In Central Park today, a high temperature of 66 degrees broke the old record of 64 degrees, one of the oldest weather records in New York City set on this date in 1890.
Along the southern shore of New York Harbor, it was even warmer. High temperatures reached close to 70 degrees.
A taste of spring after a few inches of snow over the weekend and a Monday morning low temperature in the lower teens. Keep in mind the high temperature for New York Harbor usually averages in the upper 30s to lower 40s for January. High temperatures are forecasted to be around freezing on Saturday and then return to the 50s by mid-week.
The high temperature today near Sandy Hook Bay, NJ
According to NOAA, 2016 was the second warmest year on record.The average U.S. temperature in 2016 was 54.9 degrees F (2.9 degrees F above average), which ranked as the second warmest year in 122 years of record-keeping. This is the 20th consecutive year the annual average temperature exceeded the average. Every state in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska experienced above-average annual temperatures, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.