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Weekend Temperatures

While the Memorial Day Weekend Forecast has gotten more sunny and less rainy, it's going to be cool one, with temperatures struggling to reach 70 on Saturday, and temperatures only in the low 70s on Sunday and Monday. We should be around 72-73 degrees this time of year, and last year was much warmer.

Sunshine During the Week of May 26, 2017

The latest forecast for the long weekend. While I won't say this will be the nicest Memorial Day Weekend ever, after this damp, cloudy evening, there will be some blue skies on and off throughout the weekend. Saturday afternoon will even have more sun then clouds, and with temperatures expected to reach the mid-70s, it should be fairly pleasant -- but even Sunday morning should have some blue skies.

In a little more then sixteen weeks, summer will be coming to a conclusion and we will be looking at autumn. How fast things change.

But in the next six weeks, look for the weather to moderate with later sunsets, which will start slowing as we reach the latest sunset of the year at 8:37 PM, which occurs on Saturday June 24th through Wednesday June 28th. Dusk isn’t until around 9:12 PM on those days. 8 PM sunsets return on August 12th, then 7:30 sunset on August 31st.

The average high climbs until Thursday July 13th, when it will stick around 83 degrees until Thursday, July 27th when it will fall down to 82 degrees and slow descend through the 80s until Thursday, August 24th when the average high will be only 79.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 May 9 5:06 am 5:37 am 8:04 pm 8:36 pm 14:27 67 45 93 (1979) 27 (1956)
1 May 16 4:57 am 5:30 am 8:12 pm 8:44 pm 14:41 70 47 89 (1991) 33 (1980)
2 May 23 4:51 am 5:24 am 8:19 pm 8:52 pm 14:54 72 49 93 (1964) 36 (1967)
3 May 30 4:46 am 5:20 am 8:25 pm 8:59 pm 15:05 73 52 92 (1987) 33 (1967)
4 June 6 4:42 am 5:17 am 8:30 pm 9:04 pm 15:12 75 54 94 (1925) 38 (1971)
5 June 13 4:41 am 5:16 am 8:34 pm 9:09 pm 15:17 77 56 94 (1892) 38 (1974)
6 June 20 4:42 am 5:17 am 8:36 pm 9:11 pm 15:19 79 58 97 (1953) 43 (1918)
7 June 27 4:44 am 5:19 am 8:37 pm 9:11 pm 15:17 81 60 97 (1941) 45 (1970)
8 July 4 4:48 am 5:23 am 8:35 pm 9:10 pm 15:12 82 61 104 (1911) 44 (1971)
9 July 11 4:54 am 5:28 am 8:33 pm 9:07 pm 15:04 82 61 98 (1936) 48 (1986)
10 July 18 5:00 am 5:34 am 8:28 pm 9:01 pm 14:54 83 62 100 (1953) 46 (1939)
11 July 25 5:08 am 5:40 am 8:22 pm 8:54 pm 14:41 83 62 97 (1963) 46 (1953)
12 August 1 5:16 am 5:47 am 8:14 pm 8:46 pm 14:26 82 62 101 (1933) 46 (1964)
13 August 8 5:24 am 5:55 am 8:05 pm 8:36 pm 14:10 82 61 95 (1983) 46 (1948)
14 August 15 5:32 am 6:02 am 7:55 pm 8:26 pm 13:52 81 60 96 (1959) 48 (1964)
15 August 22 5:40 am 6:10 am 7:44 pm 8:14 pm 13:34 80 59 93 (1916) 39 (1982)
16 August 29 5:48 am 6:17 am 7:33 pm 8:02 pm 13:15 78 58 95 (1953) 34 (1982)

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The summer of 1959 was the hottest summer ever in the history of Albany. There were 996 cooling degree days during the summer of 1959, compared to the normal of 550 cooling degree days. Cooling degrees are the number of degrees an air conditioning must lower the air temperature in a month to make the indoors a comfortable 65 degrees.

May 1959 – 150
May Normal – 15

June 1959 – 293
June Normal – 97

July 1959 – 293
July Normal – 219

August 1959 – 281
August Normal – 183

September 1959 – 171
September Normal – 33

October 1959 – 12
October Normal – 3

If you aren’t convinced that Albany was hot during the summer 1959, consider the fact that the temperature average for September 1959 was 82 degrees in Albany. That’s ten degrees above the September average of 72 degrees most years.

Twenty weeks from now — Thursday, June 21, 2017 — it will be the first day of summer.

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On the first day of summer, the average high temperature in Albany is 79 degrees with dusk not occurring until 9:11 PM.

As I described this day in 2016:

“Good morning! This Tuesday is the second day of summer. Mostly sunny and 69 degrees in Delmar. There is a west breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is a comfortable 51. Deep blue skies to the west but some clouds to the east. A pretty nice day is on tap. It will be sunny, with a high near 80. One degree above normal. West wind 11 to 13 mph. A bit breezy but hard to complain. The record high of 97 was set in 1938.”

Google Maps: Length Of Day

As we head closer to autumn, during August 15, the days become closer in length across the country, although still the days are longer as you head farther north. They will be nearly equal -- but not quite due to atmosphere bouncing the sun rays -- across the world come the first day of fall -- but for now, the days are still significantly longer in Alaska and the northern United States compared to Florida and Texas.