This was the third day in a row with a high of 71°, and it came a month after another three-day streak of 71° highs (Sept. 27-29).
It was a raw, gray and damp day for the seventh New York City Marathon. At race time the temperature was in the upper 40s; light showers moved in after 2:00 PM. This was the first race to go through each of NYC's five boroughs - and the first time the race was held in late October.
The warmest and coldest temperatures of the month were experienced in less than 24 hours of each other. After a high of 76° yesterday (14 degrees above average), a strong cold front moved through during the evening and knocked the temperature down 40 degrees, to 36° by 8:00 AM today (12 degrees below average).
Today's forecast warned of an intense rainstorm expected to produce rainfall amounts comparable to what fell since Sept. 1 (2.70"), but just 0.20" was measured. Despite showers and fog the temperature rose to 73°, making this the 19th day this month with a high in the 70s - the second most such days on record for the month of October (Oct. 1947 had 23). Meanwhile, the day's low of 67° was a record for the date, five degrees warmer than the date's average high, and the month's eleventh low in the 60s - only October 1879 and 2007 reported more - 13 and 12, respectively (Oct. 2017 would tie 2007 on 10/29; and Oct. 2021 would tie 1879's number).