After a record-breaking warm weekend, rain will soak New York City on Monday with much colder air to follow for Christmas.
New York City experienced its second consecutive day of record warmth on Sunday as temperatures rose into the 70s and shattered the day's previous record of 63 F from 1998.
However, sunshine did not compliment the early taste of spring.
Some rain will keep the city damp through Sunday evening with steadier rain to follow for late Sunday night and Monday.
It is not out of the question for localized flash flooding to occur in low-lying and poor drainage areas on Monday, especially across Long Island.
Any downpours will pose hazards to motorists--including those heading to their Christmas Day destinations--by dramatically reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning.
Slow travel can be expected on the many highways and interstates in and around the city on Monday. Airline passengers should also prepare for delays.
Monday's rain will prevent a repeat of Sunday's record warmth but the air will remain mild for late December. The departure of the rain Monday night will then open the door for progressively colder air to arrive through Christmas Day.
Roughly 40 degrees will separate the high on Christmas from what was recorded over the weekend.
A couple of snow showers will also cross New York City Tuesday afternoon. A few spots could get a dusting of snow by Christmas.
Despite being chilly, a dry Christmas Day will unfold as sunshine wins out over clouds.
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The threat for severe weather, including tornadoes and flash flooding, will expand across the central United States through the end of the week.
Summerlike warmth will make it feel like the 90s F at times in the eastern United States through Memorial Day weekend, despite localized rainfall.
A large tornado moved dangerously close to Dodge City, Kansas, on Tuesday afternoon, tracking just west of the center of the city.
Conditions will become favorable for tropical development over the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the southeastern United States toward the end of May and into early June.
Frequent showers are expected throughout the music festival that will take place in late June.
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Morden, Manitoba (1933)
Flash flood washes away bridges, ruined crops, and killed livestock.
Udall, KS (1955)
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