New York City Sizzles in Record-Breaking Heat

Thursday, Apr 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:52 AM EDT
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Your Forecast for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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People sunbathe in the warm weather at the High Line. Temperatures in the city topped the daily record of 89 degrees set in 1929.

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Your Forecast for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

From meteorologist Raphael Miranda.
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Temperatures have reached a record-setting 90 degrees in New York, and could go up to as high at 92 degrees in some areas -- melting the previous record of 89 degrees set way back in 1929.

The unseasonably high temperatures prompted people to shed layers of clothing and  head toward the air conditioning. Temperatures are normally hovering in the 60s at this time of year, forecasters explained. 

The warm, dry weather and potential 30 mph wind gusts have a brush fire watch in effect from the National Weather Service from 11 a.m. through this afternoon.

Tomorrow is forecast to be a little less warm, hovering around 80 degrees. But heat-flash comes on the heels of  the wettest March on record for the tri-state.

The region was slammed by two major storms last month, dropping nearly 11 inches in Central Park, surpassing the record 10.54 inches set in 1983. Of this month's total, over 4 inches had fallen in a massive, three day storm, the National Weather Service said.

The early April heat wave has many wondering whether this spring and summer will take a different tone from last summer, where rain and cool temperatures lingered through June.

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