It had to happen sooner or later. Yesterday's high was only 79 degrees. Thus ends the record-breaking 62 consecutive days of hitting at least 80. That doesn't mean the warm weather is a thing of the past. Yesterday was still five degrees warmer than normal and the temperature should stay above average for at least the next week. Fans of obscure weather facts should note that today is the 76th straight day that the minimum temperature has not fallen below 60. I have no idea if that is a record or not.
Along with the cooler weather yesterday we also had our first widespread rainfall in a few weeks. Rainfall amounts ranged from less than an inch at LaGuardia to nearly five inches in Nassau County. While some clouds have been lingering past their due date this morning, this afternoon should be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the lower 80s as a small high pressure system sinks down from Canada.
The dry weather won't stick around for long. A low pressure system moving up from the south is going to hook up with the leading edge of an upper level trough and that means scattered showers and possibly thunderstorms for Saturday lingering into Sunday. Monday looks to be the coolest day since late June, starting with a low in the upper 50s and a high only reaching the mid 70s. Temperatures are expected to return to the 80s by the middle of next week.