Nearly two inches of rain over the weekend making this month the second rainiest August on record in Central Park. We're now only 0.77 inches behind the 1995 record of 12.36 inches. With ten days remaining and hurricane Irene potentially coming up the East Coast there is a fighting chance we'll break that old record.
Any precipitation will have to wait a few days though. The dew point is plummeting this morning as dry air behind last night's front arrives. Mostly sunny skies are expected today, tomorrow and Wednesday. High temperatures each day will hover around 80 degrees. The humidity looks like it will start to increase again late Wednesday or sometime Thursday as a weak cold front arrives later in the week. Behind that front will be a sunny and dry Friday.
Next weekend's weather really depends on what happens with hurricane Irene. Irene passed over Puerto Rico overnight with sustained 75 mph winds. Next up for Irene is Hispaniola. The storm is then expected to strengthen and travel up the East Coast, where the forecast models have it coming ashore anywhere from south Florida to Cape Cod (hey, it is still early), but be prepared for heavy rain and flooding next weekend.