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Today in New York Weather History: May 5


1940 (Sunday)

Today's high of 71° was the year's first reading of 70° or warmer, coming about six weeks later than usual, and the first 70-degree reading since 10/26.  The year's first 80-degree reading would come two days later (two weeks later than usual).


1965 (Wednesday)

The day after the high reached 90° (23 degrees above average) today's was only 62° (five below average).


1980 (Monday)

After a low of 57° the high jumped to 90°, a record for the date.  This was the first 90-degree day of the year, about three weeks earlier than average; thirty-one more would follow (most of them in July and August).




1988 (Thursday)

0.83" of rain fell in the three hours between 4-7 PM.  For the entire day, 1.11" was measured.


1993 (Wednesday)

For the third day in a row the high temperature was 69°, slightly above average for the first week of May. 


1998 (Tuesday)

Yesterday and today had the same high/low of 62°/55°.  However, where today differed was that the afternoon was rainy (0.57" fell) while yesterday was dry.


2007 (Saturday)

This was the fifth day in a row in which the morning low was 50° or 51°, which was close to the average for the first week of May.


2009 (Tuesday)

Gray and drizzly conditions persisted for a fifth day in a row, keeping the temperature from rising very much; the high was 54° (fourteen degrees below average), just slightly above the morning low of 51°. 




2010 (Wednesday)

This was the fifth day in a row with highs in the summer-like 80s (average high in the first week of May is in the upper 60s).  This streak was book-ended by highs of 78° on 4/30 and 5/6.


2017 (Friday)

Torrential rain poured down in the middle of the day, with 2.72" falling between 11 AM and 2 PM.  Overall, 3.02" fell during the course of the day, easily breaking the old record for the date (1922's 1.24").  This was the biggest rainfall in three years (since 4.97" fell on April 30, 2014), and the fifth greatest daily rainfall in May (tied with May 8, 2013).


Janice huff may 5 rainstorm


2019 (Sunday)

It was a rainy and chilly day, with 1.31" measured and PM temperatures stuck in the chilly low 50s (most of the rain fell in the morning and after dark).  This was the tenth day of the past eleven with measurable rain, a period in which 2.67" of rain fell (today, the rainiest of these days, accounted for nearly half of the total).  It was also the twenty-second day of the past thirty-one with measurable rain (today was the rainiest of these days).













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2011 - yesterday's and today's lows of 46° were the last 40° readings of the spring. this was the second earliest last 40s on record. the earliest occurred one day earlier in 1899.

Benny R.

Not only this was the tenth day of the past twelve to have measurable rain, but yesterday was also Islip's sixteenth consecutive day with measurable precipitation which is the NYC metro record for the most consecutive days with measurable precipitation. The streak is still going on, with today being the seventeenth such day.


on this date in 2020, the level of relative humidity bottomed out at 16% at 6PM. when was the last time the humidity was this low or lower in the month of May?


Back in 2007 the humidity dropped to 16% on May 3 (at 4PM) and again on May 13 (at 1 PM).

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