After a January and February that were well above average, our March followed right in the footsteps.
So that puts a wrap on our lack of winter. We’ll have a formal recap at some point, but without question this has been the warmest first 90 days we have ever tracked in the Hudson Valley. It would take a more detailed analysis to confirm it’s the warmest first 90 days of any year on record in Poughkeepsie.
A slow start to spring is underway, where temperatures are fairly close to where they should be for this time of year. Average highs in Poughkeepsie are in the low 50s, and we’ll likely be in that area for the remainder of the week.
Tuesday starts off unsettled, and likely stays that way. Lots of clouds, possibly a few rain or wet snow showers in the morning. Clouds should linger in the afternoon, with highs in the mid 40s. Wednesday will see some unsettled conditions at times… but more sunshine is likely, and highs should crack into the low 50s… close to average. A strong storm will head out to sea well to our south, and that will turn our flow out of the NE for Thursday and Friday. So while we don’t expect any rain of significance, low clouds could linger for the end of the work week, with highs held down in the 40s.
Beyond this week, we should see conditions improve for the weekend. Sunshine should mix in, and temperatures should climb into the mid and upper 50s, possibly even low 60s for the weekend. The good news for the moment, is the same persistent features that provided us the warm winter… should hold enough ground to give us a decently mild month of April. We’ll see if that holds… because we sure could use some nice weather so we can get outside and breathe some fresh air.