The temperature in New York is currently hovering between “spending an hour in Duane Reade just for the air-conditioning” and “going to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again for the fifth time to sit in a blissfully cool theater” (and for Cher, obviously).
Unfortunately for those of us with a sensitivity to heat (or, as we’re more commonly called, irredeemably sweaty hot messes) the high temps show no sign of abating in the near future.
The National Weather Service has officially issued a head advisory for much of NYC into Tuesday night. From now though Wednesday, temps are forecast to remain in the low 90s but, combined with the humidity, it will probably feel like at least 100 degrees. (Still not hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, FYI.) Storms will be rolling into the region Tuesday night, but the mercury could still hit 90 on Wednesday. For the rest of the week, you can expect highs in the mid-to-upper 80s.
A Heat Advisory is in effect from Sunday morning through Monday evening for NYC, northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, & Nassau County on Long Island. The combination of heat & humidity will result in heat index values ranging from the mid 90s to near 100 each afternoon. pic.twitter.com/VdQzlx8K0L— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) August 4, 2018
Heat advisories are issued when either the combination of heat and humidity is forecast to make it feel like it’s at least 95 degrees for two or more consecutive days or when you’re in the same room as Timothée Chalamet. During this weather-related advisory, the city recommends New Yorkers stay inside in an air-conditioned building (you can also drop into one of the cooling centers across the five boroughs) and drink plenty of fluids. Strenuous activity such as exercise is not recommended between the hours of 11am and 4pm.
On top of the heat advisory, an Air Quality Alert has also been issued for the city, meaning pollutants in the air are higher than average, so the very young, the very old and those with heart disease and asthma should be especially mindful of over-exerting themselves. Remember to check on your at-risk neighbors.
Looking for more things to do inside this week (because seriously, it’s a real scorcher out there) reference our list of the best indoor activities in NYC or maybe use your library card to visit some of the city’s best museums for free.