SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Temperatures are creeping towards potential all-time highs as the middle of April rolls around in Syracuse. Heat has swept through the area starting April 11 and is expected to continue through April 16. Central New York experienced 80 degree temperatures for the first time since early November in 2022 – over five months ago.
Syracuse saw 80 degrees on back-to-back days with the week continuing to warm. So far through the first two weeks of the month, April is running around six degrees hotter than usual. W-SYR Chief Meteorologist Jim Teske pointed to wind patterns to explain the recent heat.
““This specific warming in April of 2023 is what’s going on at the Jet Stream level,” Teske said. “The pattern is rather stagnant and that’s why we are getting this extended period of warm and dry weather.”
Syracuse averages its first 80 degree day on April 30. This year, it happened more than two weeks ahead of schedule. The fluctuation in temperatures isn’t necessarily uncommon in a month like April. Teske sees April as a weather-shifting month for Central New York.
“It’s the change of seasons,” Teske said. “We are going from winter to summer and spring is a transitional month where you can get weather in the 70s or 80s and you could also get snow.”
After five months of cold weather, people are taking advantage of every glimpse of sunlight they can get. Jonathan Brennan is one of many Syracuse residents doing everything they can to stay outside.
“This is what everyone is waiting for,” Brennan said. “When it gets beautiful out and you get to finally enjoy the outdoors.”
More heat is coming Syracuse’s way before things begin to cool down. April 14 has the chance to break records. The record high for the date is 83 degrees set back in 1968. Projections have temperatures reaching up to 85 by midday. Expectations are that the weather will stay around 80 degrees before a drop-off into the 60s and below starting April 17.
“It feels like summer already,” Brennan said. “[It’s] going to drag waiting for summer because the weather is already caught up to it.”