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New York City Marathon Weather – What To Expect

2 Nov 2017, 12:01 pm

The TCS New York City Marathon will take place this coming Sunday, November 5th, 2017 in New York City. As the largest marathon in the world, the NYC marathon has thousands of participants each year. With an event of this magnitude, weather is extremely important.

For instance, the marathon was actually cancelled in 2012 due to impacts from Superstorm Sandy. While it would not have been stormy on the day of the event, too many resources would likely be pulled away from Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts to support the event, so it was cancelled.

With that being said, what is forecast for this year’s marathon?

Outside of limited morning rain showers on Sunday, the forecast for the marathon looks pretty good.

On the Saturday before the race, temperatures in New York City will be in the upper 50s, with a mostly sunny sky. An approaching warm front will usher in clouds overnight and keep temperatures in the low 50s.

Day before NYC Marathon
Forecast for 2 PM Saturday, November 4th, 2017, for the Northeast, the day before the TCS New York City marathon.

Sunday temperatures will start out in the mid 50s, which is idea temperature conditions for runners competing. but due to the warm front passing nearby, isolated light rain showers are expected around marathon start time, 8:30 AM ET. Winds should be light during the race.

Forecast for 8 AM Sunday, November 5th, 2017, across the Northeast on the morning of the TCS New York City marathon. Scattered showers impacting the Northeast.
The precipitation forecast for 8 AM Sunday, November 5th, 2017, the day of the TCS New York City marathon. Scattered light rain showers are possible around the start of the marathon.

During the race and for the rest of the morning, temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 50s with a clearing sky. Temperatures by Sunday afternoon will reach the mid 60s. The wind will also increase during the afternoon, out of the south, southwest, at 5 to 15 mph.

New York City high temperature forecast for Sunday, November 5th, 2017.

No weather cancellation of the NYC marathon this year.

Enjoy this year’s marathon and congrats to all the participants.


WeatherNation Meteorologist Marcus Walter

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