An unrelenting heat wave likely to be the longest to strike New York in nearly a decade will continue to bake the Big Apple through the weekend.
The latest update from the National Weather Service has shown the presence of a persistent heat wave across New York through the weekend.
Temperatures on Saturday are expected to climb as high as 95 degrees and then again on Sunday to 97 degrees. However, it’s going to feel even hotter than that due to the level of moisture in the air.
“Hot and humid conditions will combine to produce maximum heat index values ranging from the mid 90s to the low 100s on Friday and through the weekend,” according to the National Weather Service’s latest update.
“Low temperatures will range mostly in the mid to upper 70s, with mostly lower 70s in the outlying suburbs which will not allow for much cooling off at night.”
Scattered thunderstorms are also in the forecast for Friday night.
New York became engulfed in temps topping 90 degrees starting on Tuesday, and they’re not expected to let up until Monday. It’ll mark the first time the city has endured seven consecutive days of such heat since 2013.
A heat advisory will remain in effect until Sunday at 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this week warned New Yorkers of “dangerous heat conditions,” which has put a strain on the city’s power grid in recent days.
As a result, scattered heat-related power outages plagued thousands of residents Thursday in parts of the Bronx and Brooklyn, according to Con Edison’s outage map.
Amid the scorching weather, the utility company and city officials have urged New Yorkers to limit their energy use to avoid additional strain to the grid.
While this week’s heat wave will certainly be oppressive and sticky, it’s not the longest or the hottest the city has ever faced.
Temperatures recorded in Central Park reached a record 106 degrees on July 9, 1936, while the longest heat wave in New York City unfolded at the end of August 1953, lasting a total of 12 days.