Second man dies from July heat waves as city finally cools

Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

Marking at least the second such death in less than a month, a 78-year-old man died of heat exposure in Brooklyn.

The medical examiner’s office said the man died of hyperthermia Friday, when air temperatures climbed to 96 degrees in the city, according to the Associated Press.

Further details on the death were unavailable Sunday afternoon.

The man died amidst the longest heat wave since 2002, when temperatures were above 90 degrees for nine straight days in August, according to NBC’s Storm Team 4.

In the first official death from extreme heat, a 57-year-old Staten Island man died July 8 of hyperthermia, when temperatures reached 89 degrees.

If temperatures stay at or above average in Central Park for the rest of the month, July is slated to be one of the 10 hottest on record.

For the rest of the week, temperatures will noticeably cooler, with scattered showers and cloudy skies on most days, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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