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Today's high of 85°, the warmest reading of the month, came just two days after a low of 33°, which was the chilliest reading of the month (tied with 4/2).  It would be another seven weeks before the next reading of 85° or warmer occurred.


Today's summer-like high of 88° was one degree lower than yesterday, but the mean temperature was much higher as today's low was 65°, while yesterday's was 46°.


The day's low of 28° has the distinction of being the only low in the 20s in April during the 1930s (the previous year with an April low in the 20s was in 1928). 


Rain from yesterday's nor'easter turned to snow after 3 AM and by late afternoon 4.2" of snow was on the ground - yet the temperature never got lower than 33°.  This was the third significant snowfall in the past four weeks, a period in which 25" of snow fell, an unprecedented amount for so late in the season.  (Up until mid-March the winter had seen just eight inches.)  Not surprisingly, this snowy period was also cold, with temperatures six degrees below average.




At 69°, today was the first day this year with a high of 60° or warmer - tying 1915 for the latest date for this occurrence.  The last time it was this warm was nearly six months earlier (Oct. 20).


Today, with a chilly high/low of 47°/31°, was the fifth day in a row with a mean temperature 10 degrees or more colder than average.  As a whole, these five days were 13 degrees below average.  


After showers at daybreak, the sun came out and for the second year in a row the Yankees home opener was played with temperatures in the mid-70s.  And like last year, the Yankees won.


Today's high was 50° (eight degrees below average), yesterday's was 51° and the day before that, 52°.  Today, however, had the most sunshine.


Today's afternoon high was a sizzling 90°, a record for the date and the first of thirty-nine 90-degree days this year (a record number of days that would be tied two summers later).  It was also New York's earliest date on record for a 90-degree reading - until 2010 (when the mercury hit 92° on April 7).  Today also happened to be the Mets home opener, played in the afternoon heat.   




It was a cold start to the Yankees season.  This game tied the snowy one of 1996 as the coldest home opener in the 1970-2021 period, and was played one day after four inches of snow fell (the home opener was supposed to be played yesterday).  The temperature at game time was just 35°, twenty-three degrees below average, and more typical of mid-winter.  As a result just 33,000 fans showed up for the game as opposed to the usual sell-out crowd of 55,000. 




Today was Easter Sunday and it was the coldest since 1940 as the high was only 41° after a frosty morning low of 30°. 




The Mets home opener was played in gray and raw conditions, with afternoon temperatures well below average (high of 49°).  This was quite a contrast from last season's home opener, which was played under sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.


It was a sunny and pleasant Easter Sunday, with a high of 67°, nine degrees above average.


With a high of 73°, today was the first day of the year with a temperature in the 70s.  This was the first 70-degree reading since Oct. 15, a gap of 176 days, which was the fourth longest span between 70-degree readings in the 1970-20121period.  The longest spans were 196 days in 1983-84 (Oct. 14-April 26), and 189 days in 2002-03 (Oct. 7-April 15).  The typical number of days in between 70-degree readings is 114 (Nov. 7-March 26).  




Just two days after afternoon temperatures rose into the upper 60s, following temperatures that hovered around 40° the previous afternoon, today experienced a reversal as the temperature dropped from the upper 70s during the evening to 49° at midnight (the day's high was 79° around 4 PM).  This was the result of winds shifting from the west to the northeast.


Up and down

Skies were sunny, the reached 70°, and the Mets came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win their home opener against Miami, 3-2.  As so often happens, the Mets had better home-opener weather than the Yankees, as skies were brighter, and it was about twenty degrees warmer.    



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also in 2021, this was the third 70° day in a row (which was ironic since April 2020 had no 70° days whatsoever). this was the longest such April streak since 2017, when there were highs of 70°, 85° and 85° on April 27, 28 and 29 respectively.


And it was the earliest streak of its kind since 2012, when there was one in March (3/12-14). A streak of this length (or longer) is a regular occurrence in April. Between April 2001 and April 2017, all but one year (2015) had at least one three-day streak (more than half of them were four days or longer). April 2018-2020 were outliers, with no such streaks.

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