Long Duration Heat Wave in NYC

Temperatures have been soaring in New York City. Today was our third consecutive day with temperatures in the 90s and more are on the way.

Forecasters say this heat wave – the second this month in NYC – will be of unusually long duration.  Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s everyday for another three to four days. Humidity levels will also remain high, making it feel even hotter.  Heat index values, which combine temperature and humidity, are projected to persist in the triple digits.

While these conditions are oppressive, they are also very dangerous.  Extended exposure can cause a number of serious health hazards.  According to the CDC, extreme heat is one of the leading causes of weather related deaths in this country.

To help people beat the heat, the city is operating cooling centers.  To find one near you, go to nyc.gov.

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About Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming is an artist and writer focused on nature and the environment. She is passionate about exploring, learning, and sharing information about the natural world. She has presented her interdisciplinary work in a variety of mediums at conferences and events around the world.