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Cool Relief After Central Park Records First May Heat Wave Since 2001

This week also marked the fifth earliest in the city's recorded history

The weekend brings a cool breath of relief to New York City -- with a drop in temperatures of about 20 degrees -- after the city's first May heat wave in 16 years. 

"It's open-the-windows weather," Storm Team 4's Dave Price said. 

Scattered showers were passing through the region Saturday morning, but weren't expected to amount to much. 

The high temps on Saturday were forecast to reach 70 and on Sunday 66, about 20 degrees lower than during the heat wave. 

However, allergy sufferers should take precautions. Tree and grass pollen are expected to be high. 

Still, the weekend should provide a measure of relief after the city experienced its first May heat wave in 16 years. 

Temperatures in Central Park hit 90 degrees at 1:08 p.m. Friday, following highs of 92 Thursday (a record) and 90 on Wednesday. 

It was also the fifth-earliest heat wave in records that date to 1868.

(There was an April heat wave in 2002, which holds the record for all-time earliest.)

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