The long, hot summer we’ve been experiencing in New York City is unofficially coming to a close this weekend, but not without yet another heat advisory.
That’s right, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the New York metro region, which will be effect from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
New Yorkers can expect Monday to be a high of 89, with temperatures in the low- to mid-90s through Thursday. The heat index, which NWS defines as “a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature,” will make it feel like we’re between 95 to 104 degrees those days.
This coming heat wave, which is when three or more consecutive days reach 90 or above, is not coming as a surprise, as NWS meteorologist Carlie Buccola told us last week that we had a 70 to 80 percent chance of “above-normal temperatures over the next six to 10 days.”
Is another heat advisory on the horizon?
But wait, there’s more! Not only are we looking at above-normal temperatures and another heat advisory this week, we can likely expect a few more throughout the remainder of this peak hurricane season.
The NWS Climate Prediction Center’s latest three-month outlook came out Aug. 16 and anticipates seeing more above-normal temperatures through at least November for the New York Metro region.
So it appears that long, hot summer many of us are long over, may turn into a long, hot fall.
Tips for surviving a heat advisory
Just in case you need a refresher during this latest heat advisory, remember to use air conditioning to stay cool. If you don’t have AC, find someplace that does, such as one of the city’s many cooling centers, which you can find by calling 311 or at nyc.gov/oem.
Be sure to check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors, and if you work outside, make sure to take frequent rest breaks in shady or air-conditioned places.
“Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illnesses,” Dr. Jaimie Khemraj of Ryan Health told Metro last month.
And we shouldn’t have to say this again, but we will because we’re good like that: be sure to stay hydrated.
“Hydration is best with water. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas,” Khemraj said. “If you have perspired too much, consider a sports drink.”