Soaring temperatures are expected to leave the Big Apple sizzling over the weekend.
Temperatures across New York City are expected to catapult early Saturday morning, with humidity levels expected to spike around the same time. By 11 a.m., Central Park could be as hot as 80 degrees — a milestone that has yet to be reached this year — before peaking around 92 degrees.
Forecasters have warned, however, that the “real feel” in most of the five boroughs is likely to be much warmer, sometimes even up to 100 degrees.
“Humidity is going to be a major factor,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker. “The heat and humidity combined is what’s going to make it so sweltering.”
Some relief will come later that night, but not much, according to Walker. He predicted temperatures would bottom out at around 72 degrees, which would tie the city’s hottest record, set in 1959. The sweltering conditions will return soon, however, with temperatures expected to soar before most alarm clocks don’t ring early Sunday morning.
New York is just one of many states that will be engulfed in heat this weekend. Advisories are in effect for much of the Acela Corridor in the northeast, including Philadelphia, Newark, Hartford, Conn., Providence, RI and Boston, in addition to parts of the New York metro area.
It is the first such warning for the Big Apple to be issued in May since at least 2006.