Thursday ties for hottest day of the year in NYC

NEW YORK — Thursday did not turn out to be the hottest day of the year, as forecast, but it was still a scorcher.

A cyclist wears a wet rag under his hat to keep cool as he rides through Washington Square Park on July 19, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Temperatures Thursday were expected to soar up to 95 degrees in the city, which would have made it the hottest day thus far. Instead highs just missed the mark, topping of at 94 degrees.

The sweltering forecast prompted a heat advisory, remaining in effect for the five boroughs, parts of Long Island, Westchester, and in New Jersey, portions of Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Union and Rockland counties until 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The mix of high temperatures and humidity made much of the area feel as if it was above 100 degrees.

People were advised to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, use an air conditioner, wear light clothing and only exercise early in the morning or late in the evening when, it is coolest.

Seniors, people with heart conditions or mental health issues are most at risk during extreme heat, according to the weather service.

A heat advisory is issued when there is two or more consecutive days of feels-like temperatures of 95 to 99 degrees, or it is 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

While highs were not expected to near the all-time record of 101 degrees, set in 1980, it was far above the average high of 84 degrees.

The tri-state also may be in the midst of a heat wave — marked by three consecutive days of highs above 90 degrees.

Brief showers could develop overnight as a cold front meanders near the city. If the cold front nudges just to the south, that could mean some relief from the scorching temperatures on Friday, lowering the humidity, but it will stay very warm with highs in the upper 80s.

If it doesn’t dip and stays to the north, temperatures could very well stay in the lower 90s, marking the third heat wave of the year.