NYC hits record cold Memorial Day weekend, but sun coming on Monday

Mother Nature could be cold.

This weekend’s chilly, wet, unofficial begin to summer time within the metropolis was a wash for everybody from Manhattan vacationers to Coney Island shopkeepers — with Saturday’s excessive of simply 51 tying a record set again in 1884 — but issues ought to heat up once more beginning Monday.

“It’s like winter weather in the middle of spring,” mentioned Victoria Gonzalez, 32, of Orlando, Fla., in Manhattan on Sunday.

Gonzalez instructed The Post she got here to the town together with her mother and father for her birthday weekend and “was personally anticipating to go to a rooftop bars as a result of I like going to rooftop bars, particularly to have fun with a drink.

“I wasn’t able to,” Gonzalez lamented.

Sunday’s metropolis temps have been anticipated to stay in 50s — threatening to really break the record low for the day, 55, additionally set in 1884, mentioned Accuweather meteorologist Alan Reppert.

“It looks like it’s going to at least come close,” he instructed The Post on Sunday afternoon, referring to the potential history-making mercury dip.

Tourists Victoria Gonzalez, Meba de Gonzalez and Javier Gonzalez in Washington Square Park on May 30, 2021.
Tourists Victoria Gonzalez, Meba de Gonzalez and Javier Gonzalez in Washington Square Park on May 30, 2021.
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“We’re getting a lot of air right now out of Canada,” the climate professional mentioned, including that the temperature has been uncharacteristically low due to the clouds, too.

“Things ought to get higher,’’ he mentioned.

On Memorial Day Monday, “There might be a shower in the early morning, but temperatures are going to rise to around 70 degrees,” Reppert mentioned. “There will be some sun in the afternoon.”

Then “we’re looking at temperatures continuing to climb for the week,” with highs within the higher 70s and 80s for the weekend, he mentioned.

“It looks like by the middle, end of next week, things should be much closer to average than what we’ve seen this weekend,” the meteorologist mentioned.

A man walking with an umbrella on the Coney Island boardwalk on May 30, 2021.
A person strolling with an umbrella on the Coney Island boardwalk on May 30, 2021.
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Bundled up lifeguards on the beach at Coney Island on May 30, 2021.
Bundled up lifeguards on the seaside at Coney Island on May 30, 2021.
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Jessica Rose, a manager at Lola Star Gift Shop in Coney Island, wearing a winter coat while outside on May 30, 2021.
Jessica Rose, a supervisor at Lola Star Gift Shop in Coney Island, sporting a winter coat whereas exterior on May 30, 2021.
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Still, there shall be some rain, notably round Wednesday and presumably via Friday, Reppert mentioned.

Store homeowners in Coney Island, Brooklyn, mentioned they’re banking on subsequent weekend to assist make up for a few of their losses over the vacation.

Many store homeowners on the boardwalk both closed early or shut down fully Sunday to carry out extra productive duties resembling stock, reasonably than maintain their doorways open to utterly no clients.

“This weekend, yeah, It’s bad!” mentioned Peter Agrapides Jr., 45, who owns Pete’s Clam Stop on the boardwalk.

“Yesterday, we closed at 7 p.m.,” he mentioned Sunday. “On a Saturday during this weekend, we go 11, 12 at night usually. Today we’re completely closed. It’s not worth what we made yesterday.”

Peter Agrapides Jr. the owner of Pete’s Clam Stop on Coney Island.
Peter Agrapides Jr. the proprietor of Pete’s Clam Stop on Coney Island.
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But “don’t feel too bad for us too much,” Agrapides mentioned. “We had a great weekend last weekend! I had to call the clam guy for two extra deliveries on the same day. First time in a long time I ran out of food. Next weekend is going to be big!”

Maya Miller, the 39-year-old proprietor of the Brooklyn Beach Shop on the boardwalk, spent a part of her Sunday standing on prime of a ladder cleansing and stocking cabinets.

“We’re using it as an opportunity to tidy up,” she mentioned of the climate. “I’m preparing for a very busy Monday or if not, a very busy weekend next weekend.”

Maya Miller the owner of Brooklyn Beach Shop in Coney Island in her store on May 30, 2021.
Maya Miller the proprietor of Brooklyn Beach Shop in Coney Island in her retailer on May 30, 2021.
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There wasn’t a soul on the seaside early Sunday afternoon — besides the lifeguards of their chairs.

“I’m layered up real good,” mentioned a guard on Stillwell Avenue — wearing a water-proof snow go well with.

“I saw one bay swimmer this morning. That’s the only person out there so far. It’s just too cold.”

The promise of higher climate to return did little to heat the hearts of metropolis vacationers.

Brenda Cunha, 23, a Brazilian native who lives in Kentucky, got here to Manhattan for 3 days with a pal.

“We were going to go to a lot of places outside, so it messed it up,” she mentioned of the cold, wet climate and pair’s plans.

Tourists Tamaris DIotto and Brenda Cunha visiting Washington Square Park on May 30, 2021.
Tourists Tamaris DIotto and Brenda Cunha visiting Washington Square Park on May 30, 2021.
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“It’s bad and sad because we wanted to take pretty pictures. We wanted to walk a lot outside and go to Central Park, and we can’t because it’s raining.”

But the vacationer famous the essential a part of Memorial Day.

“We nonetheless want to recollect these serving the nation who died. It’s a tragic day, but the climate goes with the unhappy a part of the vacation,’’ she mentioned.

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