High winds expected to wreak havoc on Macy’s parade

The Thanksgiving weather forecast will still go over like a lead balloon.

“It will be a very windy morning in New York City on Thursday,” AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Rois told The Post about the expected sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph.

The forecast, which remained unchanged since Monday, would make it likely that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons will be grounded for the first time since 1971 due to high winds.

City guidelines prohibit the iconic jumbo character balloons from being sent aloft if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and wind gusts top 34 mph, Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras said.

The guidelines took effect in 1998, a year after high winds whipped the Cat in the Hat balloon into a crowd of parade-watchers and injured four people, two of them seriously.

“We monitor the weather on a daily basis, but at this time, it is too early to make any determinations regarding the flight of the Parade’s giant balloons,” he said Monday.

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