Last of April Showers to Soak City Over Next Two Days, Forecasters Say
MIDTOWN — A deluge is expected to dump almost a month's worth of rain on New York City in less than two days.
Though showers will start Tuesday afternoon, the real downpour comes Wednesday into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
From midday Wednesday into Thursday morning, more than 3.5 inches are expected to drench the city. That's more than the 2.8 inches that fell during the rest of the month of April, according to forecasters.
The typical rainfall average for the entire month of April in Central Park is 4.5 inches.
“We could see about 80 percent of our normal monthly rainfall in about 20 hours,” a National Weather Service spokesman said. “That’s a lot of rain.”
“It’ll be quite an inclement couple of days,” the spokesman added.
A flood watch will be in effect for the city from 2 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday as the slow-moving storm passes through the area.
"It's gonna be miserable," said city tour guide Matthew Kiernan, 63, of Park Slope. "If I didn't have to work, I'd just stay inside. Hopefully it won't be as bad as they say."
But Jeff Bakary, 29, a taxi driver from Richmond Hill, Queens, said he'd welcome the wet weather.
"It's not a problem at all," he said. "If it rains a lot, people complain. If it doesn't, people say, 'We need rain.'"