EARLY HEAT

Are you ready for some near-record tem­per­a­tures to­day?

Metro USA (New York) - - Front Page - NIKKI M. MASCALI @MetroNewYork nikki.mascali@metro.us

New York­ers will get a taste of sum­mer in the city this week as near­record tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to take us into the week­end.

Wed­nes­day’s high was ex­pected to be 87, but tem­per­a­tures in the city reached 90 by the end of the day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. To­day is ex­pected to hit 90 as well. Fri­day will reach a high near 86 with a slight chance of thun­der­storms, but if that day’s tem­per­a­ture hits 90 or above, New York will have had three days in a row at 90 or above, which will give the city its first heat wave of 2017.

Fri­day’s ex­pected thun­der­storms will usher in a low near 57 that night, while Satur­day and Sun­day should be sunny with re­fresh­ing temps in the mid-60s.

While you should al­ready know to do this, let us give you a friendly re­minder to be sure to stay hy­drated and wear sun­screen if you’re out and about dur­ing these hot days.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the NWS has is­sued an airqual­ity alert that will be in ef­fect un­til 10 p.m. to­day for Suf­folk, Nas­sau, Rich­mond, Kings, Queens, New York, Bronx, Westch­ester and Rock­land coun­ties. If you are sen­si­tive to el­e­vated lev­els of pol­lu­tants, have a res­pi­ra­tory prob­lem such as asthma or heart dis­ease, you should try to limit stren­u­ous out­door ac­tiv­ity and con­tact your doc­tor.

If you’re al­ready dread­ing the sweat drip­ping down your back as you tra­verse the side­walks or wait on a sauna-like sub­way plat­form pray­ing to get an air-con­di­tioned train car, we have some tips on how to beat the heat these next few days:

Get thee an AC

The New York re­gion can ex­pect a few more 90-plus days than nor­mal this sum­mer, but not as many as we saw last year, Ac­cuweather.com says, so it might be a good time to pop in your AC or get one be­fore prices soar — or your lo­cal re­tail store’s stock de­pletes. Yes, it may be pricey this time of year for the unit and your elec­tric bill, but can you re­ally put a price on com­fort?

Slurp your way to cool

If you have $1.50, BYO Cup Day re­turns to 7-Eleven on Fri­day and Satur­day. As long as your “cup” of choice is clean (don’t be that per­son, OK?), wa­ter­tight and fits within a 10-inch hole on the store’s standee, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less, so get cre­ative. Past ves­sels have in­cluded pop­corn tins, fish tanks and even a Darth Vader hel­met.

Park it

From catch­ing some rays on Cen­tral Park’s Sheep Meadow and the Long Meadow in Prospect Park to find­ing some shade in Washington Square Park, it’s the per­fect time to visit one of the city’s more than 1,700 parks — and maybe hop into a foun­tain or take ad­van­tage of a splash pad.

Booze on a boat

The sunny days and mild nights might be a good time to not only drink out­side, but to do it on one of the city’s wa­ter­ways, fer­ries or float­ing bars. Visit metro.us/best-water­front-bars-nyc for a list.

Beach your­self

While your fa­vorite lo­cal beach and its de­li­ciously re­fresh­ing breeze is just a train — or ferry — ride away, be warned that wa­ter tem­per­a­tures are still “dan­ger­ously low,” Ac­cuweather.com re­ported. And while you might be tempted to lit­er­ally take the plunge, keep in mind that NYC beaches are of­fi­cially closed for swim­ming, with no life­guards on duty, un­til May 27.

PHOTO BY LENYON WHITAKER, METRO

LUC KORDAS

Beach­go­ers en­joyed the warm weather at Coney Is­land.

LENYON WHITAKER

Many ate lunch out­side at the South Street Sea­port.

LENYON WHITAKER

Peo­ple soaked in the sun at South Street Sea­port on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

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