NEW YORK — Wednesday is expected to be the first of several uncomfortable days in New York City, as muggy weather felt from the start of the morning is forecast to continue and be met with increasing temperatures throughout the week.
A heat advisory warning of heat index values — or how the heat and humidity will feel combined — peaking in the mid-90s Wednesday afternoon and upper 90s Thursday went into effect at 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The advisory is set to expire Thursday at 8 p.m., but PIX11 meteorologist Linda Church warns the heat could rise through Saturday.
Highs on Wednesday are expected to be about 85 degrees, with an increase into the lower-to mid-90s into the weekend.
In addition to oppressive, sticky conditions, scattered showers and brief heavy downpours are forecast for Wednesday.
Heat-related injuries among the elderly, those working outdoors, and people with chronic conditions worsen during such conditions, the weather service warns.
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.gov/oem.
And as always, children and pets should never be left in vehicles, and people are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors.