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Heat wave continues, but break is just days away

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We’re half way through the our long heat wave, and today was the hottest day of the year: It hit 97 degrees this afternoon in Central Park.

Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are still in effect throughout the region for the next few days. An air quality alert is also in effect this evening due to the unhealthy levels of ozone, which may be hazardous to children, the elderly or anybody with respiratory problems.

The best advice is to take it easy and drink plenty of fluids during these dog days of summer.

The large dome of high pressure that has been giving us the heat and humidity will stay put through the end of week, allowing temperatures to hold into the low to mid 90s.

A cold front from Canada will sink into the region this weekend giving us some thunderstorms that could potentially be strong to severe. By next week, we will see temperatures in the more comfortable 80s.