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New York City hits 97, smashing temperature record set in 1919

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NEW YORK – It hasn't been this hot in New York City on this day since the year 1919.

It was 96 years ago when the temperature climbed to 93 degrees, and on Tuesday, Central Park recorded a sweltering 97 degrees.

Records tumbled across the tri-state area as the first day back to work after the Labor Day weekend felt more like the day after the July 4 holiday.

Newark reached 98 degrees at 1:49 p.m., smashing its old record of 94 set in 1939. And LaGuardia Airport reached 94, breaking the old record of 91  set in 1945.

In Islip, the temperature hit 91 at 1:09 p.m., breaking the old record of 89 set in 2010.