NYC experienced it’s longest heat wave in a decade this weekend. Thankfully, an incoming cold front will cool things down after today (at least for the little while!). Though the nearly week-long heat advisory in NYC is expected to end at 6 p.m. tonight, the weather will remain humid with a high near 91° and heat index values expected at 96°.
According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory goes into effect “when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.”
A chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight after 3 p.m. will bring some relief, with highs tomorrow near 85° and lows around 72°, according to the National Weather Service.
The approach of a cold front will bring the potential for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms today. The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts. Storms may also result in localized flash flooding, especially in more urban and vulnerable areas. #NYCwx #NYwx #CTwx #NJwx pic.twitter.com/EMAwEt9DMA
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) July 25, 2022
The organization also reported that yesterday, Newark reached a daily record high temperature just over 100°, marking the longest streak of high temperatures since 1931 from July 20-24.
Newark's temperature has reached 100° this afternoon, not only a new daily record high, but now the fifth consecutive day of such temperatures.
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) July 24, 2022
And though Central Park was predicted to break its previous daily record of 97° set more than a decade ago, it only reached a high of 95°.
A small chance of more rain is forecasted to come later in the week, bringing temperatures in the high-80s this weekend.
To stay safe in the heat, NYC recommends heading to public pools (which just opened this weekend) and visiting NYC Cooling Centers, which you can see a list of here. The National Weather Service also has its own set of recommendations, including staying indoors as much as possible and drinking plenty of water.