Weather Highlights of Past Memorial Day Weekends
Today in New York Weather History: May 29

Today in New York Weather History: May 28



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).



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


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.  


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.


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.




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


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).




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.


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.


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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2018 - today was Memorial Day, as well as the seventh time this month with a low temperature of 56°. this set a new May record! this topped a three way tie of six such lows in May of 1918, 1985 and last year.

Jeffrey Hirschman

Anyone want to guess when the first 90 day will be this year my guess is June 15th.

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