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The heat wave ends in NYC with a high that’s finally below 90 degrees

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Rebecca Fontana
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So far this summer, we’ve made it through a heat dome and an air mass, which wound up being less apocalyptical than they sounded and more just plain sweaty. This weekend, the city was hit with a heat advisory and its hottest temps of the year, which we survived by spending the past two days indoors in air conditioning watching the Olympics. (The U.S. women’s gymnastics team was the only thing that gave us strength.)

It all started when it felt like 105 degrees in Central Park on Friday, and Saturday was a summertime high when it hit 96 degrees (but felt like 110). Today, the high finally dropped to 90 degrees, which felt positively balmy after the three-digit feels of the weekend.

Seriously, it was so hot out, Con Edison hit an all-time record in power usage, with 11,855 megawatts being used in NYC and Westchester over the weekend. That means that New Yorkers spent more time in a single weekend blasting the AC (or sticking their heads in the freezer) than ever before.

But there’s a light at the end of the humid, muggy tunnel! At 8pm tonight, the heat advisory will finally be lifted in NYC. The rest of the week promises temps in the high 80s, and a thunderstorm may even arrive tomorrow to provide some relief (and rainbows). 

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