Are you ready for some near-record temperatures today?
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.
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.
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.
Beachgoers enjoyed the warm weather at Coney Island.
Many ate lunch outside at the South Street Seaport.
People soaked in the sun at South Street Seaport on Wednesday afternoon.