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Today in New York Weather History: June 13

 

1927 (Monday)

It was a beautiful day for the ticker tape parade held in Lower Manhattan to honor Charles Lindbergh after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Skies were mostly sunny, the humidity was low, and the high/low was a seasonable of 77°/60°.

 

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1982 (Sunday)

It was a damp and very cool day as 1.65" of rain fell and the high was just 55°, twenty-three degrees below average.  Only three degrees separated the high from the morning low.

1984 (Wednesday)

I was at the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village watching Ghostbusters when a fierce thunderstorm struck between 5-6 PM.  (For a while the thunder outside coincided with a scene in the movie with thunder and lightning.)  Before the storm struck it had been a stifling hot afternoon, with a high of 94°.

 

Ghostbusters 

 

1989 (Tuesday)

1.16" of rain poured down in a two-hour period during a thunderstorm in the wee hours of the morning (2-4 AM).  

1998 (Saturday)

1.31" of rain fell between 11 AM-1 PM.  It came down especially hard in the second hour when 0.85" fell.  This heavy rainfall followed a steady rain yesterday that amounted to 1.29".

2000 (Tuesday)

Just two days after a sweltering high of 92°, today's high was an autumn-like 60°.

2013 (Thursday)

The day was dreary, wet, and cool, with two periods of heavy rain, one in the morning between 9:30 and 11:00, and the second in the evening.  In total, a little more than an inch of rain was measured in Central Park, bringing the month's total rainfall to more than nine inches.  Coming after eight inches of rain fell in May, this was only the seventh time NYC had experienced consecutive months with eight inches or more of precipitation.  

 

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2014 (Friday)

Heavy showers moved through the area around 9 AM, and a severe thunderstorm struck between 5:45 and 7:30 PM.  In between, during the afternoon, the sun broke through for the first time in five days.  The 1.28" of rain that fell came one year after 1.26" fell on the same date.

2017 (Tuesday)

Today was  the third day in a row with temperatures in the 90s, with today being the hottest (high/low of 94°/77°).  However, compared to LaGuardia and Newark Airports, with their respective highs of 101° and 99°, Central Park was in a relative comfort zone.  With today's heat, this became the first year since 1976 to have its first 90-degree days come in back-to-back heat waves (the first heat wave was May 17-19).  Finally, yesterday's and today's lows of 76° and 77° were the first that were 75°+ on these dates in the 1970-2022 period.

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New York City Weather Analysis: Chilly Summer Days

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When summer arrives many of us think of heat waves, thunderstorms and tropical disturbances.  However, if the wind comes off the ocean or from out of the northeast, New York can experience gray, cool and damp conditions, with afternoon temperatures stuck in the 60s (or cooler).  The analysis that follows looks at days like this, going back to 1970, between June 1 and Aug. 31 (i.e., meteorological summer).  I've chosen mean temperature as my gauge to determine the degree of coolness.

 

  • For the most part, high temperatures are affected the most as cloud cover and rain keep temperatures from rising much during the daylight hours.  Although the chilliest days may have low temperatures that are 10 degrees cooler than average, afternoon highs can be 20 degrees below average.   
  • Since 1970 five summer days have had high temperatures that failed to get out of the 50s.  Four were in June (55° on June 2, 2015 and June 13, 1982; 57° on June 4, 2003; and 58° on June 3, 2015) and one in August (59° on Aug. 21, 2007).  In July, the chilliest high reading was 65° on July 22, 1992.  

 

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  • A typical summer has two or three such cool days.  However, six summers reported none (1981, 1984, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2010 and 2011) while the summer of 2000 had seven and the summer of 1977 had six.  Finally, there have been five Junes that had four of these cool days.

 

CHILLIEST SUMMER DAYS SINCE 1970
(Ranked by Mean Temperature)
         
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  High Low Mean Average
JUNE        
6.02.2015 55 50 52.5 -14
6.04.2003 57 50 53.5 -14
6.13.1982 55 52 53.5 -17
6.01.2015 58 51 54.5 -12
6.09.1980 63 47 55.0 -15
6.03.1997 61 49 55.0 -13
6.14.2000 61 53 57.0 -14
6.02.1997 62 52 57.0 -11
6.02.1988 63 51 57.0 -11
6.06.1976 60 54 57.0 -12
         
JULY           
7.22.1992 65 53 59.0 -14
7.04.1978 62 58 60.0 -16
7.05.1979 69 53 61.0 -15
7.01.1988 71 53 62.0 -13
7.12.1990 67 58 62.5 -14
         
AUGUST        
8.21.2007 59 56 57.5 -17
8.29.1986 68 50 59.0 -14
8.22.2007 65 56 60.5 -14
8.12.1979 64 57 60.5 -15
8.29.1982 72 50 61.0 -12
         

 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 12

 

1958 (Thursday)

Today and yesterday had the year's first back-to-back days with highs in the 80s, the latest occurrence in the 1950-2022 period (it happened one day earlier in 1997).

1967 (Monday)

This was the eleventh day in a row with highs of 80° or warmer.  Today was the hottest, with a high of 92° (the previous two days were also in the 90s).  The average high during this warm streak was close to 86°, nine degrees above average.  But perhaps even more impressive was the fact that today was the fourteenth day in a row in which skies were clear or mostly clear.

 

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1973 (Tuesday)

Today was the fourth day in a row with a high in the 90s.  The highs were: 92°, 91°, 95° (a record for the date) and today's 93° (which tied the 1933 record).

1975 (Thursday)

A steady, all-day rain amounted to 1.98".  Because of the clouds and rain, the high temperature got no higher than 63°, fifteen degrees below average.

1979 (Tuesday)

The day started off chilly, with a low of 48°, fourteen degrees below average, and a record for the date.  This was the latest date for a reading in the 40s since 1950.

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1983 (Sunday)

Today's high was 91°, the year's first 90-degree high.  It came about two weeks later than the average date of this occurrence.  Despite this late start, the year would have 36 days with highs in the 90s, the most since 1944's 37.

1988 (Sunday)

This was the first of twelve consecutive days with much above average temperatures, including seven which had highs in the 90s, like today.  Temperatures would average eight degrees above average during this extended period of hot conditions.

1995 (Monday)

In just fifteen minutes a torrential downpour during a thunderstorm dumped 0.68" of rain between 1:28-1:43 AM.  Showers later that afternoon brought the day's rainfall total to 0.99", which accounted for half of the month's rainfall.

2000 (Monday)

The temperature this afternoon was only in the low 60s, quite a contrast from yesterday's sizzling high of 92°.

 

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2007 (Tuesday)

0.85" of rain poured down in just 15 minutes between 3:07-3:22 PM.  (This was even greater than the 15-minute deluge of 0.68" on this date in 1995).

2009 (Friday)

Today was the last day this month with an above-average mean temperature.  The next above-average day wouldn't be until July 28, a stretch of 46 days.

2012 (Tuesday)

Rain began late in the morning and by the time it ended, at 4 AM on 6/13, 1.32" had fallen.  The day's high was 72°, after a mild low of 65°.

2017 (Monday)

Today's high of 93° tied 1973 and 1933 for the record high, but it had the warmest mean temperature of the three years: 84.5° (93°/76°) versus 82.5° in '73 (93°/72°) and 80.0° in '33 (93°/67°).  This record is the "coolest" reading for a record high in June.  Less than a week after a mean temperature that was 14 degrees below average (on 6/6 when the high/low was 58°/55°), today was 14 degrees above average.  This was the fifth 90-degree day of the year, the most at this point in the year since 2000 (when there were six by 6/11).

2021 (Saturday)

Today's high/low of 69°/62° was the same as yesterday's (and skies were overcast both days).  This followed another pair of days with the same high/low just just a few days earlier, as June 8 and 9 each had a high/low of 90°/72°.   (And June 6 and 7 missed being "twin" days by one degree, as the highs/lows were 92°/76° and 91°/76°).   Two weeks earlier, on Memorial Day weekend, the high/low on both days was 51°/47°.  (A typical years has two or three of these temperature twins.) 

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Looking Back at New York Weather History: June 11

 

1916 (Sunday)

This was the fourth day of the past five with afternoon temperatures only in the 50s.  All five days were overcast, with light winds out of the northeast.  (The typical temperature during the second week of June is in the upper 70s.)

1920 (Friday)

Today's high of 94°, the first 90-degree reading of the year, came the day after the low was 55°. 

1972 (Sunday)

This morning's low of 46° was a record, and the chilliest reading in June since 1945. 

 

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1991 (Tuesday)

After a high of 90°, rain moved in after 5 PM and by 1 AM 0.99" had fallen - the first rain on this date in 12 years.  The rain came down heaviest between 9-10 PM, when 0.43" fell.  Today was also the 20th day in the past two months with a high temperature of 85° or warmer.

 

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2000 (Sunday)

Today's high of 92° was the sixth 90-degree day so far this year.  However, there would be just one more hot day for the rest of the summer, on Aug. 9.  Only six other years have had their sixth 90-degree reading by this date (none since 2000) - but all of them had many more hot days in the following months.

 

Chart - 6 days in 90s by June 6

2005 (Saturday)

During an evening thunderstorm, 0.44" of rain poured down between 7-8 PM.  It was also a warm and very humid day, with a high/low of 85°/71° (eight degrees above average) and an afternoon dew point that peaked at 75°.

2017 (Sunday)

Today was the year's fourth day in the 90s, the most by this date since 2008.  This was the twenty-first year (since 1872) to have four 90-degree days by this date (about once every seven years).

 

90 by June 11.

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Today in New York Weather History: June 8

 

1947 (Sunday)

Two days after the high reached 87°, today was rainy (0.57") and chilly, with a high of just 56°,  twenty-one degrees below average.  This was the third year in a row in which the first week of June featured very cool readings.

1980 (Sunday)

0.51" of rain fell during lunchtime (1-2:00 PM).  This followed a torrential downpour of 0.60" yesterday morning between 5-6:00.

 

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1992 (Monday)

During an afternoon thunderstorm, 0.41" of rain fell in just five minutes (3:03-3:08 PM).  Overall, 0.77" fell during the entirety of the storm (2:19-3:19 PM).

2005 (Wednesday)

Today's high was 93°, the first reading in the 90s this year (one day earlier than last year's first 90).

2006 (Thursday)

The day was cool (high of 66°) and damp.  The 0.13" of rain that fell between 11 AM-3 PM was the first rain on this date since 1995 (when just 0.01" fell).  

2008 (Sunday)

It was a hot day, with a high/low of 93°/74°, fifteen degrees above average.  This was the second day of a four-day heat wave between June 7-10 that saw afternoon highs of: 94°-93°-96°-96°.

 

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2013 (Saturday)

The 33-hour deluge from tropical storm Andrea ended before daybreak.  In total, 4.77" of rain fell (0.43" this morning), making this the second biggest June rainstorm on record.  Since May 8, 14.49" of rain fell in Central Park, which was ten inches greater than the average amount. 

 

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2016 (Wednesday)

Strong storms moved through during lunchtime, and by the time the rain was over, at around 2:30 (0.42" was measured), the temperature had fallen to 52° - the chilliest reading in two-and-a-half weeks (typical mid-afternoon temperature this time of the year is 77°).  However, by early evening the temperature, although still cool, had recovered to 60°.

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Looking Back at New York City Weather: June 7

 

1924 (Saturday)

The temperature reached 80° for the first time this year, the latest date on record and six weeks later than the average date for this occurrence.

1925 (Sunday)

What a difference one year makes, as today's high was 96°, the fifth day since 6/1 to have a high of 94° or hotter (the outlier was 6/2 which had a high of "only" 88°).  The highs of June 4-7 were all records (99°-99°-98°-96°) - which are still standing.  This is the most intense early June heat wave of all time.  (Highs are typically in the mid-70s during the first week of June.)

 

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1926 (Monday)

One year after the five days between June 3-7 had highs that averaged 97°, the same five days had highs that averaged 65°, ten degrees below average.  And 6/4's low of 48° was a record (that still stands).

1971 (Monday)

Today's high of 93° was the first 90-degree reading of the year, coming a week-and-a-half later than the average date for this occurrence.

 

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1980 (Saturday)

0.60" of rain poured down at daybreak (5-6 AM).

1982 (Monday)

Rain fell for the fourteenth of the past 17 days (and the last eight days in a row), but it amounted to just 0.03" and was done by 4 AM.  The total amount during this period was 3.81". 

1984 (Thursday)

Today had the year's first high in the 90s (92°) and was the first day of an early heat wave. 

1989 (Wednesday)

This was the sixth day in a row with declining high temperatures: 91° (6/1)-89°-86°-84°-79°-75°-64° (today).  During these days temperatures went from 16 degrees above average to 13 below.

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1998 (Sunday)

Today was the third day in a row with a low of 54° (average for these days is 60°).  This came one month after three days in a row had a low of 55° (between May 4-6).  

1999 (Monday)

Today's high soared to 94°, seventeen degrees above average, and the first 90-degree temperature of the year. 

2000 (Wednesday)

The morning's low was a chilly 49°, twelve degrees below average.  This is the last time the temperature fell into the 40s in June.

2003 (Saturday)

Nearly eight inches of rain fell since May 21, with rain falling on thirteen of the eighteen days.  And every day but one had cooler than average temperatures.  Today's rainfall totaled 0.90" and fell largely between noon-8 PM.  Five more inches would fall this month, which would become the rainiest June on record, with 10.26" measured.

 

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2008 (Saturday)

This was the fourth year since 1971 to have its first 90-degree temperature on this date.  And like 1999 (one of those four years), the high reached 94°. 

2012 (Thursday)

For the fifteenth of the past eighteen days, measurable rain fell in Central Park, including the last seven days in a row.  However, it wasn't a particularly rainy period as six of the days received just 0.01" or 0.02".  Total rainfall during this period was 3.71".

2013 (Friday)

A soaking rain fell throughout the day as the remnants of tropical storm Andrea moved up the coast.  Rain came down especially hard after dark.  In total, 4.16" fell, a record for the date - and the second greatest June rainstorm on record.  This was the second earliest tropical system to affect New York in the 1970-2015 period (now third after Bonnie moved through on Memorial Day 2016); the earliest was tropical storm Barry, which dumped nearly four inches of rain on June 3-4, 2007.  Because of the rain and cloud cover, today's high was only 63°, fourteen degrees below average.

 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 6

 

1923 (Wednesday)

Highs today and the previous four days: 89°-88°-89°-92°-91°(today), sixteen degrees above average.  Strong thunderstorms struck during the afternoons of the 3rd (0.61" rain fell) and today (0.59").

 

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1945 (Tuesday)

For the fifth time in the past six days the low was in the 40s (and the one day that didn't drop into the 40s had a low of 50°).  No other June has had this many days with temperatures in the 40s.  What made this streak even more noteworthy is the fact that it came only a few months after the mildest March on record (a record which still stands).  Today's high of 70° was the first that warmed into the 70s since 5/29.

 

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1989 (Tuesday)

During an afternoon thunderstorm, 1.18" of rain fell in just half an hour (2:30-3 PM). 

 

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2000 (Tuesday)

A rare June nor'easter dumped 2.62" of rain, with 1.10" of it falling between 7:30-10:30 AM.

2002 (Thursday)

0.32" of rain poured down in just 10 minutes between 8:50-9 PM.

2010 (Sunday)

Today was the eighth day in a row in which afternoon temperatures rose into the mid-to-upper 80s (but no 90s).  These readings were eleven degrees above average.

 

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2017 (Tuesday)

Measurable rain fell for the eighth day of the last nine, but the total amount was unimpressive - just 0.41" (by comparison, the deluge of May 5 saw 2.72" fall in two hours).  Today's light rainfall was 0.06", which fell throughout the day.  Temperatures during these nine days were  five degrees below average.

2020 (Saturday)

Warm and uncomfortably humid, with a high of 86°; the dew point was in the 68°-70° range all morning thru mid-afternoon.  This was the first reading of 85° or warmer this year, the latest date for this occurrence since 2008 (when it happened on 6/7).   Today also had the year's first low of 70°+, which was just a few days later than the average date.  The humidity dropped sharply after a mid-afternoon shower.  Meanwhile, Newark and LaGuardia airports had their first readings in the 90s.

2021 (Sunday)

Central Park had its first reading in the 90s this year (92°), as well its first low in the 70s (76°) -  the first time since 2013 that both occurred on the same date.  Today's first low in the 70s fell on the same date as last year's; the last time this happened was in 1988 and 1989 (when the date was 5/30).  This weekend's highs of 89°/92°, and those of two weeks ago, 89°/88°, were in very stark contrast to last weekend's highs of 51°/51° (Memorial Day weekend).

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Today in New York Weather History: June 5

 

1927 (Sunday)

Today's high of 81° was the first in the 80s (or warmer) since the 90-degree high on 4/20, nearly seven weeks ago.

1945 (Tuesday)

Today and the previous two days were unusually chilly, with periods of light drizzle, fog and clouds, and northeasterly winds.  The highs and lows for the three days were: 53°/50° on June 3; 52°/49° on June 4; and 55°/47° today.  Whereas the low temperature during these days averaged ten degrees below average (comparable to late April), the average high of 53° was twenty-three degrees below average (comparable to late March).

 

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1992 (Friday)

2.80" of rain fell today, a record for the date.  Most fell during the afternoon and early evening, with the greatest amount pouring down between 6-7 PM, when 0.60" was measured.

 

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2010 (Saturday)

This morning's low was a sultry 76°, sixteen degrees above average, and what a typical high should be for the date.  The afternoon high hit 88°.

2012 (Tuesday)

Today's high/low of 64°/51° was ten degrees cooler than average, just the third time this year that the daily mean temperature was this much below average (the previous time it happened was on Jan. 15). 

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Today in New York Weather History: June 2

 

1928 (Saturday)

Today's high of 83° was the second 80-degree day of the year and came nearly two months after the year's first, on April 5 (a record for the date).  In the years since 1900 (thru 2022) this 57-day hiatus is the longest on record.

1946 (Sunday)

Two days after a summery high of 86°, today was more than 30 degrees colder, along with a soaking rain of more than two inches (six days after another two-inch rainfall).  Today's high was just 52°, twenty-four degrees below average and came one year after an equally chilly three-day period from June 3-5 that saw an average high/low of 53°/49°.     

1967 (Friday)

Like yesterday, today's diurnal variation was 30 degrees, but today's high/low of 88°/58° was ten degrees warmer.  Both days featured clear skies.

1988 (Thursday)

Today's high of 63° was twenty-seven degrees cooler than yesterday's high of 90°.

 

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1997 (Monday)

An all-day rain produced 0.99" of rain, more than half of the month's total (1.93").  This was the first measurable rainfall on this date in 10 years.

2005 (Thursday)

Although it was on the cool-ish side (high/low of 69°/54°), skies were clear and it was a beautiful evening for an after-work excursion around Manhattan on the Forbes yacht.

2006 (Friday)

A severe thunderstorm struck shortly after lunchtime on Friday and dumped 1.73" in an hour (2:35-3:35 PM).  During this hour, 0.54" fell in five minutes, and 1.02" in ten minutes.  Total rainfall for the day was 2.79", a record for the date.  

 

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2007 (Saturday)

This was the tenth day in a row with a high temperature of 80° or warmer.  The average high during these days was 86°, twelve degrees warmer than normal.

2011 (Thursday)

The past ten days were nice and balmy, with sunny skies predominating.  Afternoon highs averaged close to 84°,  ten degrees above average.

 

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2013 (Sunday)

A day that was very warm (upper 80s) and humid was capped off by a late night thunderstorm with vivid lightning that dumped a half-inch of rain in just fifteen minutes (10:25-10:40).  

2015 (Tuesday)

One day after a chilly high/low of 58°/51°, today was even chillier.  With a high/low of just 55°/50° this was the chilliest day in June since June 2, 1946 (52°/48°).  Today's high was twenty-three degrees below average.  Drizzle and light rain fell throughout the day, bringing Central Park's total rainfall since 6 PM on 5/31 to 2.55" - more than what fell during the previous sixty days. 

2019 (Sunday)

A nighttime thunderstorm dumped 0.78" of rain in the 30 minutes between 9:45 and 10:15.  This was the greatest amount in such a brief period so far this year.  Central Park appeared to be the bulls-eye for the heaviest rain as Newark Airport reported 0.31", LaGuardia had 0.30" and JFK just 0.03".  (And at Yankee Stadium there was no rain delay for its game).      

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Looking Back at New York's Weather: June 1

 

1887 (Wednesday)

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 (Monday)

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 (Thursday)

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 (Wednesday)

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 (Sunday)

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 the extended warm spell, the high reached 90°.

 

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1987 (Monday)

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 (Thursday)

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 (Saturday)

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 (Thursday)

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 (Wednesday)

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

2013 (Saturday)

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 (Sunday)

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 (Monday)

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 such an occurrence.

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