New Yorkers can expect the heat to kick up a notch this week before a welcome cool-down rolls in.
The week started off sweltering and humid, with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s and a chance of thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday nights, according to the National Weather Service. A heat advisory was issued from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
But the heat will break Wednesday, when a cool front blows through with thunderstorms that night and into Thursday morning. After those showers, the rest of Thursday and Friday may be a smidgen cooler.
“[Wednesday] will be our best chance of precipitation for the week, and then a little bit cooler starting on Thursday and Friday and into next weekend with highs in the low-to-mid 80s,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Radell.
The city last week saw some much-needed cool weather, dipping into the 70s, following a blazing heat wave the week before, which saw temperatures skyrocket into the high 90s with heat indexes of 110. Conditions were so heated that Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a heat emergency, extending hours for cooling centers and encouraging New Yorkers to take precautions in such intense temperatures.
Even at the height of this week’s heat, said Radell, it will remain relatively mild — the high for the week is still in the low 90s, nowhere near the earlier heat wave. Still, it will be hotter than what is considered normal for this time of year in New York, according to the meteorologist.
“It certainly won’t rival what we had a week ago, [although] the next couple of days will still be a little be above normally what we’d expect this time a year,” said Radell.