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Summer Returns to the City - Record Heat is Forecast in NYC for the Summer Solstice

Sun shining over the city
Sun shining over the city via @alsheldo on Twitter

The first day of summer will scorch through the city on June 20, with high temps and humidity forecast for the next few days.

Wednesday marks the Summer Solstice, the beginning of Summer, and it will certainly feel like it! The high temperature for Tuesday was only 75°F, but the temperatures on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are forecast to be in the 90s.

Current conditions and forecast via Weather Underground

The record highest temperature for June 20th in Central Park was 98°F in 1923, so even though Wednesday will be the warmest day the city has seen in a while, it probably won’t break the historical high temp.

High humidity is also set to hit the city this week, which will raise the apparent temperatures you’ll be feeling out in the streets. The NYC metro area is currently under a Heat Advisory and the heat index for Wednesday may reach into the 100s.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has also issued an Air Quality Health Advisory from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and Wednesday will be an Ozone Action Day, which means air quality will be diminished and pollution near ground level may cause harmful health effects.

For up-to-date info, watch the forecasts and current conditions from Weather Underground and NOAA, and read through links from NotifyNYC about health and safety during hazardous weather.


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