NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Dangerously high temperatures and humidity are on tap for a second day in a row as New York City deals with a second heat wave in as many weeks.
A Heat Advisory is in effect for all five boroughs until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Sunday was hot and humid with a high of 92 degrees. The humidity made it feel more like 101 degrees in the afternoon.
The scorching heat continues Monday, when the high is expected to be 96 degrees—approaching the record of 98 degrees for July 27 set in 1963.
The high Tuesday will be 93 degrees before a storm brings some relief later in the day.
The heat index on Monday and Tuesday is expected to approach or surpass 100 degrees.
The city has opened more than 200 cooling centers and eight public pools to help people deal with the heat. The city has also opened more than 250 new cooling and misting sites in parks.
“We are in for another round of dangerous humidity, so it is imperative that we take every necessary precaution to beat the heat,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell. “Air conditioning is the best way to stay cool; the City has opened cooling centers if you don’t have an air conditioner at home. Drink lots of water, and wear loose, light clothing to keep cool.”
Con Edison said it is mobilizing to respond to any heat-related service problems.
The utility says hgh heat, humidity, and an increased need for electricity to power air conditioners can cause cables and other equipment to overheat, resulting in outages.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an air quality health advisory for Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. Gregson Pigott advises that all residents, especially young children, seniors, those who exercise or are involved in strenuous outdoor work, and those with pre-existing respiratory or heart problems, limit strenuous outdoor activity.
Temperatures are expected to cool down a bit on Wednesday. The high will be 88 degrees, but it will feel more like the mid-90s.
Highs will stay in the mid-to-upper 80s into the weekend, with little chance of cooling thunderstorms.
The city experienced its first heat wave of the summer last week.