New York

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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