Warm weather heats up New York - but it's not here for long
Summer came early Monday, as temps in the city hit a high of 88 degrees in Central Park - far above the mid-April average, which hovers in the low 60s.
City dwellers looking to take advantage of the summery weather flocked to the parks to take in the abnormally gorgeous conditions.
"I love this warm weather," said Joanna Drucker, 22, of Murray Hill, who was sunbathing in Central Park Monday afternoon.
"There's been random warm patches this year, but I hope this weather stays," she added. "This is my ideal kind of day."
Shannon Parsons, 35, of the Upper West Side, spent the afternoon with her toddler soaking up rays in the park.
"I am definitely loving this weather," Parsons said, sitting with her son in Sheep Meadow. "This is definitely a perfect start to the season."
Though still a bit shy of the record - 92 degrees, set in 2002 - Monday was the first time the city has seen 80-degree temps since last October, and it was also the hottest day since August 9, 2011.
The heat wave won't last all week, however. Tuesday, the city should reach the high 70s, but temps for the rest of the week are expected to dip back down to the mid to high 60s.
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