A cool air mass for mid May is in place over the northeast, which is giving us nice but cool weather this week.
Lots of sunshine and blue skies are expected across the Hudson Valley for our Wednesday. A northwest breeze will continue to funnel cooler than average temperatures into the Hudson Valley. Average highs this time of year are right around 70°. Highs on Tuesday were roughly 10 degrees below average, closer to 60°. On Wednesday, we’ll do a little better, climbing into the mid 60s for many parts of the valley. But that is still about 5 degrees below average. But with high pressure in control over the eastern US, the Hudson Valley will be mostly sunny and dry for the next couple days.
As we move through the rest of the week, we’ll see temperatures slowly increase day over day. By Friday we should be near 70°, and the weekend is looking potentially gorgeous with highs near or a degree or two above 70° Saturday and Sunday. Another plus… in a year that feels defined by strong winds… the wind over the coming 4 or 5 days, the winds will be virtually a non-factor. Winds between 0 and 5 miles per hour will be common, as we settle in under the high pressure. One of the questions for the weekend, will be due to the rather calm winds, will low clouds develop and provide a few spot showers at times this weekend. In general, we think the weekend looks dry and beautiful… but a stray shower or two may be something to contend with this weekend. We’ll monitor it as we go through the week.
Another question that many people likely have has to do with drought conditions and recent rainfall. In that department, we have some good news…
Rainfall over the past weekend was pretty close to what was expected. A general 7 tenths to 1 inch of rain fell around the region. With the region in an abnormally dry condition at the beginning of May, this steady light to moderate rain went a long way to helping the situation. In looking at the last 60 days, the Hudson Valley and Catskills are increasingly close to average in terms of rainfall… at least in the range of acceptability. The next 7 days look rather dry across the region, due to high pressure parked over the eastern US. So getting that soaking rainfall over the weekend was definitely a big boost.
Have a great Wednesday!