Blazing, summer-like heat and humidity is capping off the month of May, as temperatures climb into the 90s at the start of a potential spring heat wave.
Temps reached 90 in Central Park, 92 in Newark, N.J., 92 at LaGuardia Airport, 89 in White Plains, and 88 in Danbury, Conn. Thursday.
The high in New York City is expected to edge to 91 on Friday and then back down slightly on the weekend to 88 and then 84.
The humidity makes it feel even steamier outside, and experts say anyone who spends significant time outdoors should dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
The beaches are the places to be over the next few days; a late afternoon sea breeze will develop, cooling temperatures down into the 70s during the afternoons, meteorologists say.
Forecasters say the initial threats for severe weather Friday have dissipated.
Pets should remain mostly indoors and residents with asthma or breathing problems should refrain from spending time outside because the intense heat and muggy air can exacerbate those issues. An air quality alert is in effect for Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.
A cold front will trigger some heavy thunderstorms Sunday night into Monday, making way for cooler, more comfortable temperatures in the 70s after that front passes through Monday night.
Temperatures are expected to stay in the middle 70s under mostly sunny skies through Wednesday.