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Looking Back at New York's Weather: June 1

 

1887

After experiencing what, at the time, was the driest May on record (0.34" was measured; it's now ranked second after May 1903), June began with a rainfall of 2.60", which was more than what fell in the previous six weeks.  It was also a record for the date (which still stands).

1959

Today's chilly high of 64°, under mostly overcast skies, followed a five-day warm spell at the end of May that had highs that averaged 87° (13 degrees above average).  Today's conditions were the result of a "back-door" cold front that moved in from New England last night. 

1967

Today's temperature jumped 30 degrees, from 48° to 78°.  This is the warmest reading for a day in June with a low in the 40s.

1977

Rain fell on this date for the sixth year in a row.  This year's rain amounted to 0.16" and fell mostly between 11 AM-1 PM.

1986

Today was the 17th consecutive day with above-average temperatures.  During this two-and-a-half week period temperatures were nearly eight degrees warmer than normal (high/low of 81°/63°).  On this last day of this extended warm spell, the high reached 90°.

 

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1987

This was the last day of an early four-day heat wave.  Highs on these days were: 96°-97°-94°-93° (today), for an average of 95°, twenty degrees above average.

1989

For the fourth year in a row the high on June 1 was in the 90s.  (It wouldn't hit 90° on this date again until 2011.)  Today's high of 91° was also the first 90-degree temperature of the year.  Last year's first 90-degree day occurred one day earlier.  

1991

Fourteen of the past twenty-one days had temperatures 10+ degrees above average.  The mean temperature during these three weeks was nine degrees above normal (high of 84°/low of 63°).

2006

0.99" of rain fell during an evening thunderstorm, with 0.73" falling between 8-9 PM.  Before the storms developed, the weather was warm and humid, with a high/low of 86°/64°, nine degrees above average.

 

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2011

Today had the first 90-degree reading of the year, just a few days after the typical date for the first 90.

2013

For the third day in a row the afternoon high, under sunny skies, reached 90°.  This was New York's earliest heat wave since a three-day streak in April 2002.

2014

It was a glorious day for the first day of June as skies were sunny, temperatures rose into the upper 70s, and the humidity was very low.

2015

After a week of temperatures in the summery mid-80s, today was 30 degrees chillier, with light rain, drizzle and fog.  (Similar to the conditions on June 1, 1959.)  Today's high in the 50s was chillier than any day in May - the first time for this occurrence.

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New York Weather History: May Highlights

FlatironBuilding_SpringtimeHighlights:  Compared to other months, May's weather is relatively tranquil.  It hasn't had a lot of noteworthy weather events, such as tropical storms, cold waves, blizzards or extended heat waves.  Brief hot spells, like those in early May 2000 and 2001 and in late May 1986 and 1987, have been the most notable weather highlights.  May 2015, the second warmest on record, set a record for having 18 days with highs of 80° or warmer.  Finally, ten of the eleven Memorial Days thru 2016 had highs in the 80s.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: May 31

 

1885

Today's rainfall of 0.11" brought this spring's total rainfall to 4.95", making it the driest meteorological spring on record (a record that still stands).  And the month of June would continue these dry conditions, with just 1.32" measured. 

1929

Today's high was 93° and was the seventh day in a row in which the high was warmer than the day before: 65° (May 25)-72°-74°-76°-77°-84°-88°-93° (today).

 

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1940

The biggest rainstorm of the year dumped 3.13" between 1-11 AM (two inches fell between 4-7 AM).  This was also a record for the date (which still stands).

1984

Since May 28, more than five inches of rain fell, helping to make this the rainiest May on record (until May 1989 surpassed it by half an inch, 10.24" vs. 9.74").

 

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1986

On a sizzling-hot day that saw the temperature reach 93°, a mid-afternoon thunderstorm dumped 0.70" of rain in a 60-minute period between 3:50-4:50 PM.

1987

Just like last year, it was a scorching hot day, with a high/low of 94°/76°.  (But unlike last year, there was no thunderstorm.)

1988

For the third year in a row, the high was in the 90s on this date.  Today's high of 91° was also the first ninety-degree day of the year; thirty-one more would follow in the next eleven weeks (thru Aug. 15).

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1989

For the second year in a row, the year's first 70-degree low was on May 31 (the typical date is in early June).  However, this year the afternoon high of 82° was significantly cooler than last year's high.

1991

This was the warmest May on record, 6.7 degrees above average.  From May 11 onward, temperatures were nine degrees warmer than average.  These three weeks had temperatures more comparable to the second half of June.  Ten days had highs of 85° or warmer (and three others had highs of 84°).  And today was no exception, as the high/low of 91°/71° was fourteen degrees hotter than the norm.  This was the fourth time in the past six years that the high on this date was in the 90s.

 

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1992

Half of the month's rain fell today as 1.99" of rain fell between 3 AM-7 PM, the biggest rainstorm since August of last year.  The rainy conditions and cloud cover resulted in just a two-degree difference in the day's high (61°) and low (59°).  Although the low was average for the date, the high was fourteen degrees below average.  This was the third day this year to have a two-degree diurnal temperature variation, the most of any year in the 1970-2020 period.   

1993

Like last year, much of the month's meager rainfall (of 1.56") fell today as 0.90" was measured.

1998

High temperatures during the past four days: 85°-84°-85°-84° (today).

2003

This was the coolest May since 1967, and 0.8 degrees cooler than the chilly May of 1997.  Much of the month's 3.40" of rain fell since May 21, including today's 0.59".

 

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2005

The warmest temperature in May was 79° and it occurred not only today, but on 5/27 and 5/28 as well.  This was the last year (thru 2021) in which May's warmest reading failed to top 80° (on average, the warmest temperature in May is 88°).

2010

Under sunny skies, it was a summery Memorial Day, with a high/low of 86°/69°, eleven degrees above average.  It was also the fifth year in a row with no rain on the holiday. 

2012

The last day of the month was beautiful, with bright blue skies and warm temperatures (high/low of 79°/66°).  May had fourteen days with morning lows of 60° or warmer, the most since May 1991 (which was the mildest on record).  While May's average high temperature was one degree above average, the average low was four degrees warmer.

 

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2015

Today's high of 87° made this the eighteenth day in May with a high of 80° or warmer, a new record for the month (but no days were in the 90s).  It was also the seventh day in a row with a high of 85° or warmer.  During these days, highs averaged 86°, twelve degrees above average.  The month was the second warmest May on record, 0.2 degrees behind May 1991. 

Up until 4 PM it appeared this was going to be the first May since 1964 with less than an inch of rain, but then strong thunderstorms moved in and dumped 1.46" of rain - three times the amount that had fallen in the first 30 days of the month (0.40").  In fact, more rain fell in the 45 minutes between 4:00 and 4:45 (0.93") than had fallen in the previous 40 days. By midnight, the temperature had tumbled to 57°, 30 degrees colder than twelve hours earlier.

2016

Sunny and warm with a high of 85°, the seventh day in a row with temperatures in the 80s.  This was in stark contrast to the first week of May, which was characterized by overcast skies and cool temperatures.  The average high that first week was 57° (12 degrees below average), while the average high during the last week of the month was 87° (13 degrees above average).

2021

Today, Memorial Day, was the fourth day in a row with a low in the 40s, tying May 1884 for the latest streak of this many days.  (However, 1884's streak was chillier: 48°-43°-42°-48° vs. this year's 49°-47°-47°-49°.  

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Today in New York Weather History: May 30

 

1884

It was a chilly Memorial Day, with a record low of 42° (a record that still stands).  And the day's high of 55° was also a record for chilliest high for the date (until 2021).

1967

Today was the tenth day this month with a low of 48°.  While this reading was close to average at the beginning of the month, it was ten degrees cooler than average by this time of the month.  (However, today's high rebounded to 74°, which was average for the date.)

 

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1973

The 0.18" of rain that fell tonight between 11PM and midnight made this the 19th day with measurable precipitation this month, tying December 1972 for the second greatest number of days on record (the most days occurred in July 1871 and May 1888 - 20).  However, despite this large number of wet days, the month's total precipitation (4.51") was average for May.

 

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1984

2.19" of rain fell today, the third day in a row in which more than an inch of rain was measured.  Significant rain fell last year on this date as well (1.11").

1987

Today was the hottest day of the year, with a high/low of 97°/74°.  This was the hottest temperature in May since May 29, 1969 when the high was also 97° (that year's  hottest reading as well).  Today's sizzling high was a record for the date, breaking the previous record set just last year (94°).

 

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2003

Today's high of 79° was the warmest temperature of the month and only the second time in twenty-five years that May had no readings of 80° or higher.  (It would happen again in 2005.)

2011

For the sixth year in a row Memorial Day (Monday) had an afternoon high in the 80s.  However, a quick downpour at daybreak was the first rain to fall on this Monday holiday in six years.    

 

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2012

A very small amount of rain fell in the morning (0.01"), making this the eighteenth day in May in which measurable rain fell.  This was the most days of precipitation in May since 1973.  Despite this surplus of rainy days, the month's rainfall wasn't far from average - but it was the first month this year to receive an above average amount (5.38 vs 4.69 inches).  

2013

Today was the first 90-degree day of the year, coming a few days after the average date for this occurrence.

2015

Today was the fifth day of the past six to have a high of 85°.  It was also the 17th day this month to have temperatures in the 80s, tying May 1991 for the May record (the record was broken the next day).  Besides May's warm temperatures, dry conditions also continued as the number of consecutive days in which less than an inch of rain fell (in total) reached 40.  Although a significant number, it was half as many days as the record of 81 days in a row set in the summer of 1999. 

2016

Moisture from tropical storm Bonnie brought bands of heavy rain before 7 AM that amounted to 1.65" (nearly an inch fell between 1 and 2 AM).  This amount made it the second rainiest Memorial Day on record (rainiest was in 1948 when 2.49" fell).  It was more than what fell in the entire month of March (1.17") or April (1.61"), and was the most precipitation to fall in one storm this year since the big blizzard on 1/23 (when 2.37" was measured).  Despite this impressive amount, the area was spared more heavy rain in the afternoon as the storm stayed offshore.  This allowed the sun to break through and the temperature rose into the low 80s, making this the tenth Memorial Day of the last eleven to have a high in the 80s.

 

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2019

Today was the 19th day this month with measurable rain in Central Park, tying May 1973 and Dec. 1972 for the second most days of precipitation of any month.  (The most, 20 days, occurred twice in the 19th century - in July 1871 and May 1888).  Like yesterday, which reported 0.80" of rain, much of today's 0.95" poured down during the evening commute.  This month's excessive number of rainy days followed April's 18 days of rainfall (most on record for April); however, May's rainfall was more than two inches greater (6.82" vs. 4.55") and it was more than what fell in July 1871, May 1888, May 1973 and Dec. 1972.

2020

Today and yesterday both had a high/low of 81°/67° (eight degrees above average).  But, whereas yesterday was on the sticky side, with afternoon dew points in the upper 60s, today was noticeably more comfortable, with dew points in the afternoon down into the upper 40s.  And it also had a lot more sunshine.  Yesterday and today were also the first back-to-back days with highs in the 80s, about three weeks later than usual, and the latest since 2013.

 

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2021

Today’s very cool high/low of 51°/47°  was identical to yesterday’s.  But while yesterday’s high tied for the coolest high on 5/29, today’s high broke the record by four degrees.  These highs were 24 degrees below average (and more typical of the first day of spring).  Today’s and yesterday’s high/low were the chilliest back-to-back days in late May since May 25-26, 1967 (46°/42° and 53°/46°).   (It's worth noting that there was a 3-day cold snap from June 3 to 5 in 1945 that saw highs/lows of  53°/50°, 52°/49°, and 55°/47°.)  

And like yesterday, there were gray skies and rain, with 0.89" falling from sunrise to mid-afternoon.  The 48-hour rainfall total (from two storm systems, beginning late afternoon on 5/28) was 2.57”, which was nearly 50% more than what fell between May 1-27 (1.77”). 

Coincidentally, May 29-30 of last year had the same, but much warmer, high/low:  81°/67°.  This is just the second time that the same dates in  consecutive years had temperature "twins" (the other instance was in 1897 ad 1898 on July 27-28).


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Today in New York Weather History: May 29

 

1968

After starting last night at around 10:00, heavy rain continued thru this morning.  By the time it ended, shortly before 12:00-noon, 4.88" had flooded the City, snarling the Wednesday morning commute.  The 3.99" that fell today set the daily record for the month of May (breaking the previous record of 3.82" on May 9, 1908).

 

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1969

Not only did today have the first reading in the 90s of  the year, but, with a high of 97°, it would be the hottest reading all year (there would be highs of 96° on June 28 and July 17).

1990

Beginning at 9 AM, and continuing for the rest of the day, 2.40" of rain fell.  This was a little less than two weeks after 2.32" fell, and brought the month's rainfall up to nine inches.  Today's heavy rain kept the temperature well below average, as the high was only 60°, fourteen degrees below average.

 

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1995

During a severe nighttime thunderstorm on Memorial Day, 0.50" of rain fell in just 30 minutes (10:40-11:10 PM).  The storm was also accompanied by hail.   

1999

The Memorial Day weekend began today, and all three days were marked by sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 80s (87°-88°-89°).

 

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Including today's 0.18" of rain, all but 0.07" of the month's 2.03" rainfall came in the past nine days (the first seventeen days of the month had no measurable rain).

2006

Today was Memorial Day, and for the first time since 1999 the temperature rose into the 80s.  The afternoon high of 88° was fourteen degrees above average.

 

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2012

Under sunny skies, chances appeared very good that the year's first 90-degree reading would happen today.  Alas, we came up short by one degree, mirroring yesterday's high of 89°.  However, very high humidity (the dew point was in the low 70s) pushed the heat index into the mid-90s.

2016

Today was the fifth day in a row with a high temperature of 87° or warmer, and a mean temperature that was ten degrees or more above average (two days had highs in the 90s).  Temperatures during this five-day period were 14 degrees above average.

2017

Overcast skies and light rain from 6 AM until 1 PM kept temperatures on Memorial Day stuck in the upper 50s for much of the day (the official high, 61°, occurred shortly after midnight).  This was the chilliest Memorial Day since 2003, when the high was 56°.

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Today in New York Weather History: May 28

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May 28 is the average date of New York's first 90-degree temperature.  Since 1970 it's happened as early as April 7 (in 2010) and as late as July 14 (in 1985).  This date is more than two weeks earlier than what the average date was in the years before 1930, which was June 14 (1870-1929).

 

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For the eighth time this month the low was 51°.

1973

Today was Memorial Day and 0.59" of rain fell during the morning.  The afternoon remained overcast and the high reached 70°, five degrees below average.  

1977

Today's high was 92°, the ninth day in a row with a high of 80° or warmer (and twelfth of the past thirteen days).  During this warm spell, the high averaged 83°, nine degrees above average.

1984

For the second year in a row more than an inch of rain fell on Memorial Day.  Last year it fell in the early morning and evening.  This year it fell during the afternoon.

 

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1985

0.54" of rain fell in 30 minutes between 5:41-6:11 PM.  0.93" fell during the entire evening.

2012

Today was Memorial Day and for the seventh consecutive year the holiday had a high in the 80s.  Today's high was 89°, tying 1999 and 1991 as the hottest Memorial Day since 1969, when it was 91°.  Today also had the year's first 70-degree low, about a week earlier than average, and the earliest since 2007 (when it occurred on May 26).

 

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2013

Today's 0.52" of rain was the last rainfall of the month, bringing the total to 8.00" (the wettest May since 1990).  This was just the sixth month in the past 100 years to have a monthly precipitation total exactly at the inch mark.

2014

One day after a sultry high of 86° (which drove me to turn on my AC for the first time this year), today was overcast, with afternoon temperatures only in the upper 50s.

2021

Morning sunshine gave way to overcast skies in the afternoon, and rain moved in after 4:00 (just as the Memorial Day weekend was getting underway).  The rain became steady and wind-swept for the rest of the day (peak gust was 36 mph at Central Park), and amounted to 1.22", which was a record amount for the date (the rain continued thru the morning of 5/29).  The temperature dropped from 69° in the early afternoon to 49° less than twelve hours later.  This was the latest date for a reading in the 40s since 2000 (when it happened on 6/7). 

 

 

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Weather Highlights of Past Memorial Day Weekends

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Chances are good that rain will fall on at least one of the days of the three-day Memorial Day weekend, with Memorial Day (Monday) being the day most likely to receive significant rain; however, one-third of the weekends have been completely rain-free.  Weekends averaging a high of 85° or warmer have occurred in six years: 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1999 and 2016.  Readings in the 90s have been rare, occurring six times on Saturday, but never on Sunday or on Memorial Day (observed on Monday since 1971).  On the flip side of the coin, Memorial Day weekend 2003 was the dreariest and chilliest, with the average high temperature only in the upper 50s over the three days.  But the chilliest day occurred in 2013 when the high/low was just 54°/45° at the start of the weekend.

 

What follow are weather highlights from previous Memorial Day weekends:

 

  • 1971 (May 29-31) - Conditions during the first three-day Memorial Day weekend were not very good.  Rain fell on Sunday and Monday mornings, and Sunday saw a high/low of just 62°/54°, nine degrees below average.
  • 1972 (May 27-29) - The weekend started off chilly with a low of 47°, but Sunday and Monday were five degrees warmer than average, with highs of 81° and 78°, under sunny skies.
  • 1973 (May 26-28) - Skies were overcast all three days and temperatures well below average.  The weekend's average high/low of 63°/51° was nine degrees below average and would be the chilliest Memorial Day weekend until 2003.  And the morning of Memorial Day was rainy, with 0.59" measured.
  • 1974 (May 25-27) - Memorial Day had a high of only 55°, nineteen degrees below average, and the chilliest high temperature on Memorial Day in the Monday holiday period.
  • 1975 (May 24-26) - The high on Saturday was a sizzling 93°, but a cold front moved through during the evening and Sunday afternoon's temperatures were only in the upper 50s.
  • 1977 (May 28-30) - After a high of 92° on Saturday, temperatures were twenty degrees cooler on Sunday and Monday.  Showers fell for three hours at around daybreak on Memorial Day.
  • 1980 (May 24-26) - After a hot Friday (high of 90°) the weekend gradually cooled down, but afternoon temperatures were still warmer than average: 86°-84°-76°.   
  • 1981 (May 23-25) - Sunny and summery all three days, with highs of 78°-86°-87°. 

 

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  • 1984 (May 26-28) - For the second year in a row more than an inch of rain fell on Memorial Day (Monday).  Last year it fell in the early morning and evening.  This year it fell in the afternoon.  The weekend started out summery as the high of 85° was the warmest reading of the month.
  • 1987 (May 23-25) - Memorial Day was very cool, with a high of just 63°, eleven degrees cooler than average.  The holiday came one week too early as the following weekend had temperatures in the 90s.
  • 1991 (May 25-27) - Highs of 93°-81°-89° made this the warmest Memorial Day weekend (until 1999), eleven degrees above average.  At 93°, Saturday's afternoon high tied 1975 as the hottest temperature during any Memorial Day weekend in the 1971-2020 period.  And Monday's high of 89° made it the hottest Memorial Day since 1969 (before it was a Monday holiday).  Finally, an inch of rain fell Monday night between 11 PM and 3 AM, the first rain in two weeks.
  • 1992 (May 23-25) - A real Jekyl & Hyde weekend.  Saturday had mid-summer conditions with a high of 92°.  Then Sunday was the transition day as a strong cold front pushed through in early afternoon and temperatures plummeted from the low 80s to 45° by midnight.  Monday felt more like October with overcast skies and a high of just 61°.  The AM low of 44° was the second chilliest reading on Memorial Day (only 1880 was colder, at 42°).  In the course of the weekend highs went from 19 above average to 13 below average.
  • 1999 (May 29-31) - One of the all-time great holiday weekends, and the warmest Memorial Day weekend on record.  Each day had a high in the upper 80s under clear skies and with low humidity.  Monday's high of 89° tied 1991 for the warmest Memorial Day of the 1971-2020 period.      
  • 2001 (May 26-28) - For the first time since 1990 rain fell on Saturday of the holiday weekend.  And although very little rain fell, this year's holiday was distinguished as being the only one of the 1971-2020 period to report rain on each day: 0.06" on Saturday, 0.08" on Sunday and 0.05" on Monday. 
  • 2003 (May 24-26) - Quite a dismal weekend, the coolest in the years since 1971 (until 2021), and the second rainiest Memorial Day ever (1.28").  All three days had gray skies and cool temperatures, ten degrees below average.  The high on Monday was just 56°, eighteen degrees below average, making it the second chilliest Memorial Day (one degree above 1974).
  • 2006 (May 27-29) - For the first time in seven years the temperature on Memorial Day was in the 80s.   
  • 2010 (May 29-31) - This was the third year in a row in which no rain fell on any day of the three-day weekend.  High temperatures were warmer each day: 77° on Saturday; 84° on Sunday; 86° on Monday.
  • 2011 (May 28-30) - For the sixth year in a row, the holiday weekend was a warm one.  It was also the sixth year in a row in which the high on Memorial Day rose into the 80s.  The average high during these six years was 84°, ten degrees above average.   
  • 2012 (May 26-28) - For the seventh consecutive year Memorial Day had a high in the 80s.  This year's high of 89° tied that of 1999 and 1991 for the hottest reading on Memorial Day since 1969's 91° (when it was not a Monday holiday, but fell on 5/30).  The entire weekend was eleven degrees warmer than average.  Memorial Day also had the year's first low in the 70s, one week earlier than average and the earliest since 2007 (when it occurred on May 26).
  • 2013 (May 25-27) - After starting raw and damp on Saturday (high of just 55°), conditions steadily improved, with Sunday being ten degrees warmer (mid-60s) under partly cloudy skies; and then Memorial Day saw the temperature rise another seven degrees under clear skies.  However, because of Saturday's chill (the coldest day of any Memorial Day weekend), the 3-day weekend ended up as the second chilliest since Memorial Day became a Monday holiday in 1971.   
  • 2015 (May 23-25) - It was a mostly sunny and dry weekend with temperatures warming each day: 70°/49° on Saturday, 81°/56° on Sunday and 85°/64° on Monday.  This was the ninth year of the last ten to have temperatures in the 80s on Memorial Day.  Memorial Day this year was nearly identical to that of last year except for the fact that the high was one degree cooler.
  • 2016 (May 28-30) - Conditions all weekend were summer-like, with highs of 92°, 87° and 82°.  Based on the average high temperature, this was the third warmest Memorial Day weekend, after 1999 and 1991.  However, based on mean temperature this was the warmest of them all as morning lows were four degrees milder than the other two years.  And although Memorial Day was the second wettest on record, the 1.65" of rain that poured down (from remnants of tropical storm Bonnie) came before daybreak, but the daylight hours were dry (but sticky, with a dew point around 70°), with a mix of sun and clouds.

 

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  • 2017 (May 27-29) - High temperatures were below average each day, but especially on Memorial Day (71°-71°-61°).  This was the coolest high on the holiday since 2003 (the high actually occurred shortly after midnight, with afternoon temperatures only in the upper 50s).  The cool conditions were accompanied by showers in the morning.
  • 2018 (May 26-28) - Saturday was sunny and hot, with a high of 89°, but was followed by fall-like conditions on Sunday and Monday, with a breeze out of the northeast, overcast skies and afternoon temperatures in the 50s on 5/27 and the 60s on Memorial Day.
  • 2019 (May 25-27) - Both Saturday and Sunday had sunny skies through mid-afternoon, then clouds gathered; Sunday's clouds produced heavy showers between 5:30-6:30 (0.20" was measured).  Before Sunday's showers the day had the warmest reading of the year so far; its high of 86° was fifteen degrees warmer than Saturday's.  Memorial Day had optimal conditions, with wall-to-wall sunshine, comfortable humidity and a high of 80°.  (This was the first time this year with back-to-back highs in the 80s.)

 

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2020 (May 23-25) - The weekend began with a hard rain late in the morning on Saturday.  The 0.65" that fell (most of it between 11 AM and noon), not only made it the rainiest day of the month, but the rainiest Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in nearly 40 years (when 0.68" fell in 1982).  The three-day weekend nearly became the third to have every day with a high below 70°, but the temperature rose to 71° on Memorial Day.

2021 (May 29-31) - This was the chilliest three-day Memorial Day weekend on record.  Although Memorial Day was eight degrees cooler than average (high/low of 70°/49°), it felt summer-like compared to Saturday and Sunday, which were overcast, rainy and very cool, with each day having a high/low of just 51°/47°.  (And the sun broke out Monday afternoon.)  This was just the second Memorial Day weekend to report measurable rain on each day (joining 2001), as 0.46” fell on Saturday, 0.89” on Sunday, and 0.02” fell in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Chart - three chilliest memorial day weekends
 

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Looking Back at New York's Weather: May 27

 

1950

With a high of 77° this was the last of three days in a row with highs in the 70s.  It was also the first time it happened this year - the deepest into a year of any year since 1940 (thru 2021).

1961

Today was one of the chilliest days on record for late May as the high was only 47°, twenty-seven degrees below average - more typical of the second week in March; the AM low was 41°.  Conditions were raw and damp, with light rain falling throughout the day, amounting to 0.61".  Before the cold and rain moved in yesterday afternoon, the temperature had risen to 78° at 1:30 PM (and followed a high of 85° two days ago). 

1974

It was an overcast and chilly Memorial Day, with a high/low of 55°/52°.  The afternoon high was 19 degrees below average and is the chilliest high temperature on Memorial Day since it became a Monday holiday in 1971.  Despite the cloud cover, there was no rain.

1991

Today was Memorial Day and the high of 89° was the hottest reading on the holiday since 1969 (later tied in 1999).  Well after dark thunderstorms between 11 PM-3 AM dropped an inch of rain, the first rain in two weeks.  This was also the thirteenth day this month to see a high in the 80s, the most of any May on record (and the last four days of the month would also get into the 80s).  This record would hold until 2015.


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2001

Although just 0.08" of rain fell, it was the first rain to fall on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in eleven years.

2013

It was a glorious Memorial Day, with crystal clear skies and afternoon temperatures in the mid-70s.  However, this was the first Memorial Day since 2005 not to have a high in the 80s.

2018

The temperature fell from 80° at around 1 AM to the upper 50s by the time evening approached.  This was a day after the high reached 89°( and the heat index was 93°).  Today's much chillier air was ushered in by morning rain, which amounted to 0.44".  Additionally, the afternoon was windy, with winds gusting to 25 mph.

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: May 26

 

1925

This was the third day in a row with a low in the low 40s.  The low on the 25th was a record (that still stands).  This came after a high of 91° on 5/23.

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After the day's high of 78° was reached at 1:30 PM, the temperature dropped quickly upon passage of a cold front and the arrival of rain.  By 3:00 the temperature was down to 60° and by midnight it had fallen to 47°.  1.11" of rain fell, with 0.42" falling in the storm's initial hour, between 2-3 PM.  (An additional 0.61" fell the next day.)

1970

This was the thirteenth day of the past fifteen to have rain.  In total, 3.27" fell, with the greatest daily amount, 0.93", falling today from strong thunderstorms between 4-8:30 PM.

1984

A brief, but severe, thunderstorm struck in the early evening on what was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  Just 0.11" of rain fell but there was extensive tree damage.  Before the storm struck it was warm and humid, the warmest day of the month (high/low of 85°/66°).

 

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2001

This was the seventh day in a row in which the high temperature failed to reach 70°.  The average high during these days was just 61°, twelve degrees cooler than average - quite a contrast from the first four days of the month, which had an average high of 90°.

 

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2003

We were stuck in an unseasonably cool pattern that was similar to the one two years earlier.  Today, and the previous four days, were 11 degrees cooler than average.  Two days had a high/low of 56°/50° and two others were at 56°/51°.  Not only was today cool, but rainy as well, with 1.28" of rain measured (the most precipitation in a 24-hour period since the big snowstorm on President's Day).  

2010

Under clear skies, the temperature soared to 92°, making this the hottest day of the month.  At 11 PM it was still 85°.  And the full moon was shining beautifully. 

 

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2014

Today was Memorial Day and conditions were very summery as the high reached 86°, after a low of 66°.  This was the eighth time in the past nine years that the temperature on Memorial Day rose into the 80s (last year, with a high of 73°, was the exception).  Since 2006 the average high on the holiday has been 84°, ten degrees above average. 

2015

With a high/low of 88°/67°, today was the warmest day of the month, which would end up being the second warmest May on record (behind 1991).  Today was also the beginning of the sixth week in which less than an inch of rain fell in total (going back to April 21).  

2016

Under sunny skies the temperature reached 90° for the first time this year, very close to the average date of the first occurrence of this reading.  However, because afternoon humidity was around 25% the "feels-like" temperature was 86°.  Interestingly, last May, which was the second warmest on record, had eighteen days in the 80s (including ten between 85° and 88°), but none were in the 90s.

2017

For the fourth day in a row the low temperature was 56°, which was at the seasonal average.

2018

Today, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, was very warm and humid, with a high/low of 89°/72°.  This was the fourth day this month with a high of 88° or hotter, making this the first May with this many days this hot since May 2000.

2021

Today's conditions were warm and sticky.  Temperatures varied greatly in the area, as the high reached 86° in Central Park (and at LaGuardia), while Kennedy Airport was just 75°, and Newark Airport's high was 94° (its fourth reading in the 90s this month; CPK had none).  Rain showers in the early evening and around midnight produced 0.07" of rain, the most in two-and-a-half-weeks.  (Because severe thunderstorms were predicted, the Mets and Yankees postponed their games, but the storms didn't materialize.)   

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Today in New York Weather History: May 25

 

1967

It was a raw and damp day with a high/low of only 46°/42°.  Winds out of the northeast gusted between 25 and 30 mph, producing wind chills close to 32°.  Light showers and drizzle fell throughout the day (0.32" was measured).  The day's high, 27 degrees below average, was more typical of the second week of March.

 

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1975

This afternoon's temperature was in the upper 50s, one day after a sizzling high of 93°.

1986

The weather was very nice for New Yorkers when they formed their part of the "Hands Across America" chain this afternoon.  Skies were partly cloudy and the high temperature reached 80°.

1987

It was a very cool Memorial Day as the high of 63° was eleven degrees below average.  Weatherwise, the holiday came one week too early as temperatures would be in the 90s the following weekend.

1991

Today was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the day's high reached 93°, nineteen degrees above average.  This tied the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in 1975 for the hottest reading for any day during this holiday in the 1971-2020 period. 

1994

An evening thunderstorm (including hail, a rarity in Manhattan) delayed by three hours my 8:15 flight to Pittsburgh, where I was going to attend my father's funeral.  I finally arrived there shortly before 1 AM.

 

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2000

0.12" of rain fell between 1-2:00 AM, making this the eighth day in a row in which there was rain.  3.26" fell during these days.

2005

Gray skies and light showers made for a very chilly day as the high reached only 53°, twenty degrees chillier than average - and more typical of March 25. 

2007

Today, with a high of 90°, was the first 90-degree day of the year, just a few days earlier than the average date for this occurrence.  This broke a string of four years that had their first 90-degree temperature in June.

2013

Today's high/low of 54°/45° made this, a Saturday, the chilliest day of any Memorial Day weekend in the 1971-2020 period.  Skies were mostly overcast, winds gusted to 33 mph hour, and light showers popped up throughout the morning and afternoon.  The high temperature was nineteen degrees below average.

 

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2015

Today was Memorial Day and it was practically a carbon copy of last year's holiday, i.e., sunny and warm.  The only difference was that today's high of 85° was one degree lower than last year's.  This was the ninth year of the past ten in which Memorial Day had a high in the 80s.

 

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2017

Following last week's early heat wave (highs of 90°, 92° and 9°1 from 5/17-19), the highs today and the previous five days were all below 70°.  Today, with steady light rain and drizzle, was the coolest day of them all, with a high of just 59°.  Today's rainfall of 0.58" brought the month's total to 6.06", making it the second wettest May of the century (behind 2013, which had eight inches).

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