Spring is ahead of schedule here in Central New York. Temperatures this afternoon climbed into the 70s across the Mohawk Valley. This is 20 degrees above average for this time of year. This is a stark contrast to last April when we had several snow events throughout the month and very little warm weather. Enjoy the warmth, as it looks to last through the rest of the week. Highs on Thursday climb into the mid 70s. Slightly cooler on Friday due to cloud cover, with highs in the mid 60s. Warm and sunny again on Saturday, with highs in the mid 70s.
The fire danger has diminished, as the relative humidity has climbed and the winds have diminished compared to earlier this week. Conditions look to remain this way heading into the weekend, and the prospect of rain on Sunday should help the situation. Remember, the annual spring burn ban remains in effect until May 14th.
The warmer weather has also caused a jump start to the spring season. The grass has turned green and is starting to grow in the lower elevations. Buds are starting to come out on the trees. The pollen levels are on the rise, with our first "high" pollen day expected on Friday. This is about 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule, and about 3 weeks earlier compared to last year.
This level of warmth isn't sustainable, for now, as temperatures look to cool off heading into next week. Our average high of 50 will continue to rise over the next few weeks, so the warmth will eventually return!