After weeks of summer-like conditions, New Yorkers woke up this morning to temperatures below freezing. This cold snap is a reminder that what goes up must come down, especially when the calendar still reads March.
The city reached a high of 54°F early yesterday and then saw the temperature drop throughout the afternoon. The dramatic cool down was accompanied by a strong north wind with gusts of 43-mph recorded in Central Park. The wind chill made it feel like it was in the 30’s. This frosty change is a huge departure from the record highs we saw only a few days ago. Last week, on the first day of spring, we had a high temperature of 73°F and a low of 55°F. Our normal high for this time of year is 53°F.
This plunge in temperature, as jarring as it may feel, has brought us back to average March conditions. Local forecasters, however, are expecting a brief warm-up followed by a return to more seasonable temperatures later this week.