What there is to know
- Wednesday’s high is expected to be 89 in Central Park, thanks to a weak cold front. This front also brings a slight drop in humidity, briefly alleviating the misery.
- This wave of scorching temperatures is expected to peak Thursday as the National Weather Service issued heat advisories for nearly the entire tri-state area.
- Friday is expected to be the last day of at least 90 degree heat and an approaching front will persist, kicking off a stormy streak for the New York area.
Buckle up for a rollercoaster ride in the Tri-State area.
Summertime heat and humidity returned to the tri-state with a vengeance midweek, with temperatures in Central Park hitting 90 degrees on Tuesday to kick off the latest stretch of intolerable summer weather in New York this summer.
Wednesday’s high is expected to be 89 in Central Park, thanks to a weak cold front, but if it hits 90, New York could be looking at its third official heat wave this season. This front also brings a slight drop in humidity, briefly alleviating the misery.
This wave of scorching temperatures is expected to peak on Thursday, when dangerous heat will once again hit the three states. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for nearly the entire tri-state area except for the Jersey Shore and the far reaches of the Hudson Valley. The heat advisory lasts from Thursday 11 a.m. to Friday 8 p.m.
Additionally, in anticipation of the high temperatures and humidity that await the tri-state area, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water quality health advisory on Wednesday. air for the Big Apple from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. See the latest severe weather alerts in your neighborhood.
As humidity spikes increase, heat index levels will hit 100 degrees Thursday and Friday, reaching as high as 104 at times in the afternoon. These levels only add to the heat risks, so check neighbors and vulnerable animals if you can.
“Dangerous heat and high humidity are returning to New York City this week and we encourage New Yorkers to take precautions to avoid exposure to the extreme conditions,” the City of Emergency Management Commissioner said. New York, Zach Iscol. “Remember to stay hydrated and if you do venture outside, avoid strenuous activities and wear light clothing.”
(New York City reminds the public that it is opening cooling centers when the heat index is expected to be 95 degrees or higher for two or more consecutive days, or if the heat index is expected to be 100 degrees at at any time. Cooling Centers located at Senior Center sites will be restricted to New Yorkers ages 60 and older. To find a Cooling Center, including accessible facilities nearest to you, call 311 or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at NYC.gov/beattheheat.)
Friday is expected to be the last day of at least 90 degree heat and an approaching front will persist, kicking off a stormy streak for the New York area. Storm chances increase late Friday evening, and again Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
While it won’t be thundering all the time and the weekend isn’t expected to be catastrophic, the risk of storms persists daily in the tri-state area through early next week. The air will be very humid, making summer thunderstorms likely, and the humidity won’t break until the middle of next week.
Notable relief does not come until Monday night and Tuesday when another front comes along and brings relief from the humidity and more seasonal weather. Expect the highs to return to the mid 80s for much of next week.
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