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Extreme heat and humidity reign Sunday; storms Monday bring a flash flood watch

Posted: 7:16 AM, Jul 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-21 14:48:14-04

The tri-state area Sunday sweated through another day of heat and humidity in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck and the New York Police implored residents to stay inside.

"Sunday has been canceled," the NYPD jokingly  tweeted  . "Stay indoors, nothing to see here. Really, we got this."

The National Weather Service's extreme heat warning remains in effect until tonight around 9 p.m.

Con Edison reported scattered outages Sunday, the vast majority of which are in Queens, specifically the Jamaica area.

There is a chance of a thunderstorm in spots late Sunday but the better chance will be from Monday into Tuesday as a cold front approaches and then drags itself through our area.

Ahead of those storms Monday, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from noon Monday through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Heavy rain over that period could cause flooding of roadways and streets, the NWS warns.

The front that brings these storms is also what will bring relief from this weekend's extreme heat.

Monday's high will stay in the 80s, so while the heat wave will end, the humidity will still be quite uncomfortable. By Tuesday afternoon, the humidity should be lowering a bit as well.

If you have lost power, draw down your shades to keep the temperature down. To find a cooling center near you,  click here. 

The tri-state area prepared for the excessive heat, advising everyone to stay in cool, air-conditioned rooms and avoid outdoor activity, if possible. Big events in New York, such as  OZY Fest  and the NYC Triathlon, were called off due to the extreme heat.

For more tips on staying cool, click here.