What to Know
- Sunday was the first day of a heat wave that could last through Tuesday before storms return on Wednesday
- A heat wave is three or more days of temperatures of at least 90 degrees
- A heat advisory has been issued for much of the region; New York City and Long Island are under an air quality alert
Grab your sunglasses before heading out the door Monday morning, it's going to be even hotter as the heat wave peaks and stretches into a second day.
After an already stifling Sunday, the tri-state really cranks the heat up on Monday with highs reaching 90s, but the humidity will make it feel even warmer.
The rain stays away away until at least mid-week as the region seeks plenty of sun, but plenty of sweat, too.
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The hot weather comes with health risks: Much of the region is under a heat advisory from 10 a.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Heat index values could near 100 degrees.
The heat advisory includes New York City and Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Union, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, and Nassau counties. Check all weather-related alerts here.
Air quality alerts have been issued for Long Island and New York City. People are warned to limit strenuous activity outside.
One woman was overcome by the heat at the Pakistani Independence Parade in midtown and was taken away in an ambulance, officials told NBC 4 New York. She was expected to survive.
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Tuesday will mark the official heat wave as it is expected to be the third-straight day of 90 degrees or more around the region.
Storms could return on Wednesday and temps are expected to fall back into the 80s the rest of the week, Storm Team 4 says.
City officials offered the following tips to beat the heat:
- Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
- Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.
- Eat small, frequent meals.
- Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
- If possible, go to an air-conditioned location for several hours during the hottest parts of the day.
- Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
- Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.
- Cover all exposed skin with an SPF sunscreen (15 or above) and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.
- Never leave your children or pets in the car.