2006_03_sfcmap.jpgFriday was a record-breaker all around town and beyond. From 59 in Islip to 76 in Newark the New York metropolitan area enjoyed a taste of late-May weather. Friday's high temperature was 27 degrees above normal for Central Park –the most above normal any day has been since January of last year! The warm weather is making another run at us today as we'll get close to 70 this afternoon. That won't get us anywhere near the record for the day. In 1990 it got up to a scorching 85 degrees.

There is still a week before spring, and winter looks to make a final appearance before giving up the ghost. Temperatures will be going downhill all this week. They should bottom out on Saturday, when it will struggle to reach 40 degrees. Yes, Gothamist wrote 40 degrees. What fun would returning to cold weather be without a little rain and snow? There's a slight chance showers and a thunderstorm tonight. The showers will be much more likely by tomorrow morning. Rain may mix with snow Thursday night and Friday. At this time the precipitation doesn't look significant. However, Friday does look like a better day to have a Guinness in a pub than to watch the parade along 5th Avenue.

Tomorrow's surface weather map from AccuWeather.com