What you should know
- A dangerous stretch of heat continues its grip on the tri-state area Wednesday, sending temperatures into the 90s. They are expected to stay there for a full week and the humidity will make it feel in the 100s.
- Conditions can be dangerous for people and especially vulnerable pets, so be sure to check with older neighbors to make sure they can handle the hot weather.
- Strong storms are possible again on Thursday when another cold front approaches the tri-state area. It’s too early to tell exactly how that forecast will play out, and for whom, so stay with The Authority on Time for the latest.
A heat advisory is in effect for much of the tri-state area, including all five New York City boroughs, beginning Wednesday at noon. Temperatures climb into the mid-90s, much higher than a day ago, but the humidity returns with a vengeance to make it feel like 100+ degrees in places. An excessive heat alert is already in place for Thursday for certain inland locations.
An air quality advisory is also in effect for Wednesday.
Conditions can be dangerous at times, for especially vulnerable people and pets, so be sure to check with older neighbors to make sure they can handle the hot weather. Although it’s going to feel pretty nasty for the next two days, temperatures won’t hit record highs in Central Park (Wednesday’s daily record is 101, Thursday’s 104) for those dates.
For those in town looking to cool off with a swim, NYC Parks He said outdoor pool hours will be extended until 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Olympic and intermediate pools because of the heat alert. For those thinking of converting a nearby fire hydrant into a sprinkler, the FDNY urges people to take advantage of the sprinkler cap program first.
“It’s important not to open fire hydrants. When you do this without sprinkler caps, it reduces water pressure and can affect our ability to fight fires effectively,” said FDNY Department Chief John Hodgens.
Those planning to cool off in Long Island’s waters, beware of rip currents. They are high on the southern beaches on Tuesday.
In order to monitor any potential disruption to highly stressed networks during the heat wave, Con-Ed will open its emergency response center beginning Wednesday at 7 a.m. unoccupied rooms and using dishwashers or doing laundry early in the morning or late at night, rather than during peak hours.
It could get even worse for some in New Jersey on Thursday, with an excessive heat watch in effect for the central and southern parts of the state. In those areas, it might feel like 105-110 degrees.
The tri-state area is under an intense heat spell with temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees.
Follow conditions closely with our interactive radar below: