The weather is another thing New Yorkers can be thankful for on Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to reach an above-average high of 56 degrees on Thanksgiving, while light winds won’t threaten to derail the much-anticipated return of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, forecasters said.
“It’s good Thanksgiving weather,” Accuweather senior meteorologist Paul Walker told The Post Wednesday.
With the mercury reaching the mid-50s, Turkey Day will be 5 degrees warmer than the long-term average, he said.
Meanwhile, Thursday’s winds are forecast to peak at just 12 miles per hour, far weaker than the 23 mph wind speed it would take to ground the beloved giant balloons.
“Winds look relatively light in the morning and may get a little stronger in the afternoon but overall it should be OK for the balloons,” the meteorologist said.
This will come as welcome news for parade-goers, whose plans and spirits were burst by the pandemic last year.
In an effort to keep people safe, the 2020 parade was a deeply compressed, made-for-TV live event — stretching just one block in front of the iconic department store’s Herald Square headquarters, instead of the normal 2.5-mile route.
However, the news isn’t as sunny for bargain hunters this year — who should expect a frigid and windy Black Friday.
A front from the west will bring cold air and some rain early Friday — between a tenth of an inch and three-quarters of an inch between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. — before the sun comes out, Walker said.
The massive shopping day will warm up to a high of 47 degrees around lunchtime but icy winds will make it feel like the mid-30s.
“We’re looking for the high to come around noon and then temperatures in the afternoon may actually fall as the northwest wind increases,” the meteorologist said.
“Temperatures will slowly fall through the 40s on Friday afternoon but the wind will make it feel a lot colder.”
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