MANHATTAN — Summer came early Thursday as the mercury hit a sweltering 90 degrees in Central Park, according to the National Weather Service.
The high temperature was reached between 1 and 2 p.m., per data released online by the weather agency.
It’s the first time this year temperatures in the iconic green space have climbed into the 90s, though it’s not a record. The hottest May 26 in recorded Central Park history was in 1880, when the mercury reached 95 degrees, according to the NWS.
The heat will stick around through the end of the week and into the holiday weekend — along with humidity.
There is a chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstrom Friday with temperatures in the low 80s.
Expect more of the same Saturday and Sunday with partly to mostly sunny skies. Pop of showers may develop, mainly across northern and western sections of the region. Temperatures are expected to stay in the low to mid 80s.
As for Memorial Day, the forecast is still to be determined. Conditions are favorable for a tropical disturbance brewing off the coast of the southeastern U.S. to develop further and draft northward. If it does, the New York City area could be in for a slightly stormy Monday.
PIX11 News’ Andrew Cruz contributed to this report.