Weather above average expected for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The weather is another thing that 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 will not threaten to derail from the much-anticipated the return of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, sa prognosmakare.

“It’s good Thanksgiving weather,” Accuweather’s senior meteorologist Paul Walker told The Post Wednesday.

When the mercury reaches the mid-50s, Turkey’s day will be 5 degrees warmer than the long-term average, he said.

At the same time, Thursday’s winds are forecast to peak at just 12 miles per hour, much slower than the 23 mph wind speed it would take to ground the beloved giant balloons.

“The winds look relatively weak in the morning and can get a little stronger in the afternoon, but overall it should be OK for the balloons,” said the meteorologist.

The baby yoga balloon is preparing for the big return of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
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Floats for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be prepared on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
Balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are being prepared for Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
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Balloons for the Thanksgiving Day parade are secured in preparation for the Upper West Side on Wednesday.
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This comes as welcome news for parade visitors, whose plans and mood were blown up by the pandemic last year.

In an effort to keep people safe, the parade was 2020 a deeply compressed live event adapted for TV – extends 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 is not as sunny for bargain hunters this year – who should expect a chilly and windy Black Friday.

Thursday’s weather is expected to be mild with light winds.
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On Wednesday, Macy’s employees prepared the balloons for the parade day.
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The balloons will travel across the city on the usual 2.5 km long loop after the parade was drastically reduced last year.
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A front from the west will provide cold air and some rain early on Friday – between one-tenth of an inch and three-quarters of an inch between 4 and 9 a.m. – before the sun comes up, Walker said.

The massive shopping day will be warmed up to 47 degrees around lunchtime but icy winds will make it feel like the mid 30’s.

“We are looking for the highest to come around lunchtime and then the temperatures in the afternoon can actually fall when the northwest wind increases,” said the meteorologist.

“Temperatures will slowly drop during the 40s on Friday afternoon but the wind will make it feel much colder.”


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