What you should know
- A dangerous stretch of heat continues to hit the tri-state area Monday, sending temperatures into the 90s before the threat of severe weather arrives later in the day.
- Any storm that develops under these conditions could become severe, but at this point, torrential rain and high winds appear to be the main threats.
- The heat finally takes a break Tuesday as temperatures drop into the 80s after a stretch in which Newark, New Jersey hit 100s five days in a row.
NEW YORK – Severe storms swept across the tri-state area again Monday amid a hot spell that sent New Jersey’s largest city hitting 100 degrees for five straight days, the longest such streak on record.
In New York City, one person has died from heat-related exposure, city officials said over the weekend. The person also had some underlying health conditions. The death is the first known locally to be related to this debilitating heat, officials said.
The storms kicked in early Monday afternoon when a slow-moving cold front paused the heat wave. Severe thunderstorm and flash flood watches were issued for a handful of New York and New Jersey counties before lunch. Around 15,000 were without power by mid-afternoon. The vast majority were customers of Central Hudson.
The grave threat continues into the night. Damaging wind is the main threat at this point, followed by possible flash flooding from any torrential rain. There is also the possibility of isolated tornadoes, although it is unlikely.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a severe storm watch for much of New England and parts of the tri-state area through 8 p.m., meaning conditions are favorable for thunderstorms. They may not occur in the watch areas or may occur outside the watch areas, so keep an eye on weather changes. A second watch is in effect until (10:00 pm in other areas).
The greatest risk of flash flooding is along the I-95 urban corridor and the base of fast-reacting small rivers and streams of northeastern New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley. There is also a high risk of rip currents on area beaches on Monday, so swimmers looking to cool off in the water are advised to take extra precautions.
Monday is the last day of this heat wave, which saw Newark, New Jersey reach 102 degrees on Sunday. It was the fifth day in a row and marked the longest stretch of days with 100 or more in the city’s recorded history. Newark typically only sees one day a year with 100-degree temperatures, and summer is still a long way off.
Heat advisories were in effect for most of the tri-state area on Monday, though they were lifted mid-afternoon as thunderstorms kept temperatures low. While the heat wave lasted another day for Newark, it was finally over for New York, where temperatures peaked in the mid-80s after six days of brutal heat.
The city had its official summer heat wave last week, with Thursday being the third consecutive day in the city where temperatures reached 90 degrees or higher. This heat wave has been hotter and longer.
The weather forecast improves for Tuesday, with highs expected between 80 and 80 degrees, lower humidity and mostly cloudy skies. Expect more of the same Wednesday before the next chance for severe thunderstorms returns on Thursday as temperatures climb back into the 90s.
It doesn’t seem to be as oppressive as this one, thankfully.
EXTREME HEAT SATURES ELECTRICITY NETWORKS
In order to monitor any potential disruption to power grids, which are already under a lot of stress from the heat wave, Con-Ed opened its emergency response center to meet the increase in demand. The utility is asking New Yorkers to save energy by turning off air conditioning in unoccupied rooms and to use dishwashers or laundry facilities early in the morning or late at night, rather than during peak hours.
“If people lose power, we can respond to those outages and restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” a Con Edison spokesperson said.
TIPS TO SAVE ELECTRICITY DURING THE HEAT IN NY
The utility company also had some tips for saving energy:
- Set air conditioners to 78 degrees
- Use timers to set cooling systems to come on no more than half an hour before you return home
- Do not use air conditioning when no one is at home.
- Reduce indoor lighting
- Unplug electronics you don’t use
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: