Visible satellite imagery on the morning of April 25th, 2013 showing clear skies and high pressure building into the area from the west.

Prolonged stretch of pleasant weather expected

Spring started off cooler than normal, but since has been a roller coaster ride with temperatures fluctuating between above normal and below normal. Rather typical for Spring — with cold fronts and swings in temperatures. Missing, however, has been the presence of any widespread heavy precipitation. This April, so far, falls under the top 10 driest of all time in New York City. Over the next week, we will make a run for history..and likely will reach it given the forecast for pleasant and dry weather.

A high pressure system will take control of the weather pattern beginning on Thursday — and will hold a firm grip into the early and middle part of next week (no, that’s not a typo). Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 60’s for highs — but will moderate each day moving forward. For example, by Sunday, many areas could see highs into the 70’s. Light winds and the lack of any precipitation will make this one of the more prolonged stretches of pleasant weather in recent memory. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will begin to become a possibility during the afternoon (typical pop-up storms) this weekend into early next week, but no widespread rain threats are expected in the near future.

Today: Sunny with a high near 64. Northwest winds around 10 miles per hour.

Tonight: Mostly clear with a low in the lower to middle 40’s. Light west-southwesterly winds.

Friday: Sunny with a high near 66. Northwest winds around 5 miles per hour.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high approaching 70. Light west-northwest winds.