Central Park Records First May Heat Wave Since 2001

It's also the fifth earliest in the city's recorded history

If it seems unusually hot in New York City, you're right -- the city is now officially experiencing 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. 

Besides being the first in May since 2001, it's 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.)

There's relief in sight for the weekend, though -- temperatures are expected to be more than 20 degrees cooler. 

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