Daily heatwaves above 92 degrees will scorch New York for most of the week starting on Labor Day, forecasters said, with temperatures in the city likely to hit record highs.
Fox Weather meteorologist Cody Braud told The Washington Post on Sunday that local temperatures could peak daily between 92 and 94 degrees Monday through Thursday.
While the Labor Day high is expected to hit around 92 degrees, it could match the record set on Sept. 4, 2018, when it hit 93 degrees at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New Jersey, he said. Temperatures hit 95 degrees at Newark Airport.
“There is a possibility that some of the nearby cities, maybe New York, will see record heat,” Browder said. “We could break daily heat records.”
But weather experts said the hot weather shouldn’t stop New Yorkers from planning holiday weekend festivities.
“I mean, it’s going to be a really good day right now,” he said. “It’s not dangerously hot by any means. You just make sure you wear sunscreen and take your normal summer precautions.”
While temperatures in New York City may not have hit the 90s on Sunday, Michael Navarrete, 48, and Laura Pritchard, 36, took their 12-month-old Daughter Poppy went to enjoy an afternoon picnic in Central Park, taking a lot of precautions to keep baby cool.
“We put sunscreen on her all over,” Pritchard said of Poppy, who wore a printed jumpsuit and baseball cap. “We have fans.
“The sun climbs every 10 minutes, so we had to move to make sure she wasn’t in the sun,” the mum added.
On hot days, the family would bring “lots of water” to Manhattan parks and “lots of watermelon and fruit with a high water content” for their young children.
“We usually pack something like a frozen popsicle,” Navarrete said.
Ashley Hutchinson, 27, who works as a chef at Nougatine restaurant, was lying on a blanket in the park reading in the shade. She’s ready for a mini fan.
“When I moved to New York, I had to get this,” Hutchinson, who is originally from Florida, said of her fans.
When told the temps headed to New York could break records, the transplant said: “It’s kind of crazy.
“Global warming is definitely coming. We should do something before things get worse.”
Madison Hoff, 22, another Central Park sunbather who works in the fashion industry, said she dreaded the heat.
“Given the temperature has dropped all the way to 60 degrees Fahrenheit this past week, I was like, ‘Well, this is awesome,'” she said of the respite from the weather. “Now, I checked the forecast for the upcoming week and it said the 90s and I thought, ‘No.'”
“My body can’t move that much,” she said.
Liz Tveten, a 41-year-old Wisconsin tourist who was waiting for a boat tour on the West Side Highway near Pier 81 in Manhattan, said she had brought a UV umbrella with her “because I knew it was going to be tough.” hot.
“It’s the same as Wisconsin, but all I know is that New York is hot and doesn’t have a lot of air conditioning,” Twitten said.
Jeremy Devoos, 33, and Franziska Glass, 32, who came to the city from Montreal, huddled next to a small potted tree near Pier 81 Lunch in the shade.
The couple initially booked a nice boat trip but switched to a smaller boat – hoping for a splash of water to cool off.
“We originally wanted to take a cruise, then we switched to another ship because it was so refreshing to get soaked,” Glass said.
Browder said the sweltering heat was “definitely unusual” but “not unheard of” for this time of year — meteorologically, fall begins on Sept. 1.
“So I would definitely not say it’s rare, but it does happen from time to time,” Browder said. “If you just look at the extended forecast, you’ll see pretty quickly … once we get through that, we’ll probably go back to more of what we’re used to.
“I think it’s just one of those — it’s just a blip in the first few weeks of fall, that’s all. So I don’t think we need to worry about anything too extreme,” he said.
The scorching heat expected this week has gripped other parts of the country last month.
“It’s the same heat wave that the center and south of the country have been experiencing for most of the day. [August]”This big ridge in the central part of the country — what we call the thermal dome — will move eastward over the next few days. “
Browder said this week won’t be as hot as it was in late July, when the sweltering heat lasted three days, with at least one day in the triple digits.
By contrast, the heat index is only expected to rise to 98 this week, but according to forecasters, the scorching temperatures are likely to last for at least another day.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to feel great out there these days,” Browder said. “You know, the heat in the next few days will catch the city off guard, especially with the weather being this good.”