Handlers of those giant balloons in the 89th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade can give a sigh of relief.
Wind speed at Thursday's 9 a.m. start from 77th Street and Central Park West is forecast to be 5 mph or less, reaching maybe 10 mph max by the noontime wrap up, said Nelson Vaz, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.
Early-bird parade watchers arriving to snare the best viewing spots can expect temperatures in the upper 40s, with 50 degrees expected for the step-off, pushing up to around 60 by the grand finale, said Vaz, who this week has been sharing parade day weather updates with New York City Emergency Management.
The only hint of a downer is the low probability for patchy morning drizzle, he said, so the likes of performers Shawn Mendes and Mariah Carey probably won't have to worry about grabbing umbrellas.
Likewise, with above normal temperatures and expectations for limited moisture, Santa will be leaving all the snow behind at the North Pole.
Those hankering for a crisp, solid blue sky as background for the likes of the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, the largest of the giant balloons, will probably have their hopes dashed, though, as cloud cover is in the forecast.
Overall, we're looking at above normal temperatures, very little chance of drizzle and light winds well below speeds that could call for significantly reeling in the leashes of the Angry Birds Red, the "Ice Age" Scrat and Acorn making their debuts.
"It's about as good as you can ask for at this time of year," Vaz said.
Nice, quiet weather, not about to upstage a Thanksgiving tradition.