Temperatures soared past 90 degrees in Central Park on Wednesday for the 15th time this season. This heat is coming from a strong Bermuda High that’s bringing a good southwesterly flow across the region. Adding in the humidity, it felt more like the mid to upper 90s across the tri-state region.
While Heat Advisories continue, Air Quality Alerts have been issued for Thursday. The air quality will be on the unhealthy side, making it tough for those that have respiratory issues, the elderly and young. Relief comes from a slow-moving cold front that brings the chance of showers on Thursday and Friday.
Temperatures cool down on Saturday, but the front will become nearly stationary, keeping things unsettled during the day.
It will remain sticky Wednesday night as temperatures drop into the mid 70s. Skies will remain generally on the clear side.
Thursday will be likely be the peak of the heat. Temperatures will soar to around 90, but the high levels of humidity will make it feel more like the upper 90s during the afternoon. Late in the day, a stray shower or thunderstorm may develop.
We may see the humidity take a slight drop on Friday, but it will still be a hot day as temperatures climb to around 90. In the afternoon, we should see a better chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms develop across the region.
The front will finally cross through the region late Friday night, but it will slow down and possibly become stationary on Saturday.
A wave of low pressure will ride along the frontal boundary bringing in the chance of showers around all day on Saturday. It will be dramatically cooler as well as an onshore flow will kick in keeping temperatures in the 70s all day long.
Sunday looks to be the better half of the weekend as the front drifts south allowing for some clearing. Temperatures should be able to climb back into the lower 80s.
By Monday, a warm front will approach the region bringing back the risk of showers around. Highs will be in the lower 80s.