Heatwave in NYC; Thursday’s Temperatures Could Feel Over 100 Degrees


(New York Daily News/TNS)

NEW YORK — New York’s blistering temperatures are only heating up, with the most brutal stretch still on the horizon.

The National Weather Service’s heat index says that Wednesday could feel as hot as 101 degrees at its peak, while Thursday could feel like 104.

“Weak high pressure will allow for sunny to mostly sunny skies today,” the weather service tweeted Wednesday. “Hot and humid conditions continue with temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 90s for most. Max heat index values will be in the upper 90s to low 100s.”

Tuesday kicked off what’s expected to be a historic heat wave in the city, with a high of 89 degrees recorded in Central Park and 94 degrees at JFK Airport, according to NWS.

And Tuesday was “just the beginning,” the weather service said, noting there’s “more heat and even more humidity on the way.”

The forecast calls for temperatures exceeding 90 degrees in the city every day through Monday. The following four days also have projected highs in the high 80s or low 90s.

New York City’s longest streak of consecutive 90-degree days occurred during the summer of 1953, when 12 such days were recorded in Central Park.

Eight consecutive 90-degree days would account for one of the 10 longest stretches ever in the city. A streak of eight days or longer hasn’t occurred in New York since 2002.

“Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated!” the National Weather Service said.

NWS issued a heat advisory warning from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, cautioning that heat-related illnesses could occur.

“You really, over the next week, have got to find a way to get access to air conditioning at some point during the day,” Fox Weather meteorologist Amy Freeze told the New York Daily News.

“Whether it’s going to the cooling centers, going to the mall…even adjusting your work schedule so you’re going in and leaving earlier in the afternoon, so you don’t have to spend all day outdoors or all day exposed to the temperatures, is really critical.”

Mayor Eric Adams also encouraged New Yorkers to visit cooling centers that are open throughout the five boroughs.

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