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Warm Weather Hits Big Apple

By Serena Solomon | April 16, 2012 10:33am
Kit Hunter, En Wong and Victoria Druziako, all 19, enjoyed some sun in Washington Square Park in 2010.
Kit Hunter, En Wong and Victoria Druziako, all 19, enjoyed some sun in Washington Square Park in 2010.
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By Trevor Kapp and Serena Solomon

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN — It might even be warm enough to cure a case of the Mondays.

New Yorkers welcomed a week of consistently warm and sunny weather, with a high of 87 degrees expected Monday and continued warm weather on deck for the rest of the week.

The mercury is set to rise and the weather will remain clear starting Monday and moving into the evening, with temperatures hovering in the mid 60s. Tuesday's weather will be slightly cooler with a high expected of 78 degrees.

The remainder of the work week will stay in the high 60s with sunny days, a scattering of clouds and light wind.

In the East Village Monday, sunbathers had summer on the mind as they soaked up the unseasonably warm weather in Tompkins Square Park.

"It's lovely. I'm ready for summer — rush right into it," said Suzanne Steers, 42, of the East Village.

"It was not a brutal winter, but it's still nice to have warm weather."

The tropical conditions were a happy surprise to Alissa Ohea, a stay-at-home mom from the East Village who came to the park with her 4-year-old daughter Monday.

"It's amazing. We just got back from the Caribbean, and it feels like we're still there," she said.

"You feel like going to the beach. It's fantastic."

Clouds and showers are expected to accumulate on Friday with rain and thunderstorms arriving Saturday that are expected to lat a full week, affecting almost the entire Tribeca Film Festival. Despite the wet weather temperatures will remain in the low 60s and high 50s. 

Experts warned that the balmy temperatures bring at least one downside — an enhanced risk of wildfires in numerous areas including New York City, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service warning for wildfires comes in the wake of a massive Staten Island brush fire last week that took 200 firefighters about 17 hours to extinguish at the Fresh Kills Landfill.