NEW YORK — It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The scorching hot and sticky week is expected to peak Friday and Saturday, with the combination of high humidity and temperatures making New York City feel up to 110 degrees.
The heat index value — or combination of heat and humidity — is forecast to make the city feel as if it’s 105 to 110 degrees Friday and Saturday, with the worst of it occurring during mid to late afternoon hours, according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday will see slight reprieve, with the heat index lowering to 100 to 105 degrees.
Scattered showers with the possibility of heavy downpours and localized flooding are also expected throughout the weekend, but PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church says these events won't make it feel any cooler.
Those hoping to beat the heat at the beach are also advised that city and Long Island beaches face high rip current risks on Friday.
Visitors should talk to a lifeguard about current risks, swim in front of a lifeguard station, read all signs and flags, and if caught in a rip current, yell and swim parallel to the shore until free, as swimming against rip currents will tire you quickly, according to the weather service.
An excessive heat warning went into effect Friday and lasts through Saturday at 8 a.m., meaning the heat index value will make it feel 105 degrees or hotter.
On Saturday morning, an excessive heat watch then goes into effect, predicting the hot weather will continue to cause heat-related illnesses.
The elderly, people with health issues or those working outdoors are especially susceptible to heat related injuries.
“The extreme heat our city will experience in the coming days is dangerous, and can be fatal, especially for vulnerable populations like seniors and people with chronic medical conditions,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
People are advised to turn on their air conditioners, and those without one are urged to locate cooling centers by calling 311 or visiting NYC Emergency Management’s Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/beattheheat.
Cooling centers are air conditioned facilities, such as libraries or community centers, that are open to the public. The city will keep these open with extended hours through Sunday.
And as always, children and pets should never be left in vehicles, and people are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors.
For more tips on how to stay safe and cool, people are encouraged to visit the mayor's website.