What there is to know
- A dangerous stretch of heat continues to grip the tri-state area over the weekend, sending temperatures into the mid to maybe even upper 90s. The heat is not expected to stop until early next week
- Record highs could be challenged over the weekend, especially on Sunday, which could look like the most unbearable day so far in this latest streak.
- Conditions can be perilous for particularly vulnerable people and pets, so be sure to check older neighbors to make sure they can handle the hot weather
If these last blisteringly hot days felt warmer and more unusual than normal, you’d be right. Sunday delivered not one, but two records for Newark.
New Jersey City records a new daily high (the previous high was 99 degrees in 2010). The high temperature on Sunday hit 102, which also gave Newark its fifth straight day of triple-digit temperatures. It is the longest streak of days at 100 or more in the city’s recorded history.
Newark’s triple-digit record binge is particularly shocking because the city averages just one day a year with a high of 100 degrees.
Sunday was long expected to knock on some previous heat records, continuing the unrelenting heat and humidity of the week.
Forecasts had predicted that New York City could reach 97 degrees, which would tie the July 24 record.
Whether or not we reach this record depends on if and when the storms develop in the afternoon. If they start popping early Sunday afternoon we will likely be below.
It’s also expected to stay in the 90s on Monday, which would make for seven straight days of such heat. That would make this heat wave more than twice as long as the one the city experienced last week, which in hindsight now seems like child’s play.
Before the heat subsides, there is a risk of severe storms Monday afternoon and evening.
See the latest severe weather alerts in your neighborhood.
Heat advisories remain in effect for the entire tri-state area, including all of New York City, and are expected to remain active through Sunday. There was also another air quality alert, in effect for much of the tri-state coastal area and for all of Long Island.
Organizers made the decision to cut the run and bike portions of the New York Triathlon in half, cutting the run from 6.2 miles to 2.5 miles and the bike ride from 24.8 miles to 12.4 miles. The duathlon, which had a 2 mile race, will be shortened to just 1 mile.
By reducing the length of Sunday’s athletes’ legs, race organizers hope to minimize heat-related injuries on what is expected to be one of the most insufferable days of this heatwave. More than 2,400 athletes participate.
Fortunately, thunderstorms return Monday afternoon to cool the tri-state to near-average temperatures for late July by Tuesday. The rest of next week is expected to see temperatures in the mid-80s, a welcome respite from the bad spell of scorching heat and sweltering humidity that gripped the tri-state area.
Track any approaching weather using our interactive radar below.
Miserable taxes on the electricity networks
In order to monitor potential outages of heavily used networks during the heat wave, Con-Ed opened its emergency response center to deal with the increased demand. The utility is asking New Yorkers to conserve energy by turning off air conditioning in unoccupied rooms and using dishwashers or laundry in the early morning or late evening, 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.
The utility also had some power saving tips:
- Set air conditioners to 78 degrees
- Use timers to set cooling systems to start running no more than half an hour before you get home
- Do not use air conditioning when no one is home
- Reduce interior lighting
- Unplug unused electronics
Looking for a cooling center in NYC? Find the one closest to you here.
For those in the city looking to cool off with a swim, NYC Parks said outdoor pools will be open until 7 p.m. Thursday at Olympic and mid-size pools due to the heat advisory. For those considering turning a nearby fire hydrant into a sprinkler, the FDNY urges people to take advantage of the sprinkler spray cap program first.
“It’s important not to open fire hydrants. When done without sprinkler caps, it reduces water pressure and can affect our ability to fight fires effectively,” said John Hodgens, FDNY department head.
Those planning to cool off in the waters off Long Island, watch out for rip currents (and obviously sharks).
The average number of days above 90 degrees in New York in July is 11, five days more than the current total this year. The heat wave will eclipse this mark by the time all is said and done.
The city experienced its official heat wave of the summer last week, with Thursday being the third consecutive day in the city that temperatures reached 90 degrees or more. This heat wave will be even hotter and possibly more than twice as long.
Governor Kathy Hochul issued a statewide heat warning ahead of the start of the latest wave, saying Monday, “The next few days will bring extreme heat across the state with dangerous heat indices that may reach 100”.
“I urge all New Yorkers to prepare for the heat and humidity this week and to watch the weather closely over the next two days,” the Democrat added. “As New Yorkers, we take care of each other, so remember to watch out for neighbors, especially the elderly, those with young children, and those with disabilities.”
The New York State Department of Health is also reminding New Yorkers that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, but every year many people suffer from the effects of oppressive heat. Some people are more at risk than others of contracting heat-related illnesses.
Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 99 degrees this weekend, and officials are working to ensure the safety of all participants in the New York Triathlon, reports Myles Miller.
New Yorkers should know the risk factors and symptoms of heat-related illnesses to protect themselves and those they love.
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Hot, dry and red skin
- A rapid pulse
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- A body temperature above 105°
- Loss of alertness, confusion and/or loss of consciousness.
Learn more and find cooling center locations here.