Extreme heat and humidity have been the norm over the past week or so, but will it continue? The trend so far would lean towards yes. Here is why...If you compare 2011 so far to past years we have already left some of them in the dust. At the recording station in Islip we have seen 9 days so far this year above 90 degrees, and keep in mind we haven't reached August yet. Now if you take that number and compare it to 6 total days above 90 degrees in 2008, and 3 total days in 2009 you can get an idea of how hot it has been.
While much of the tri-state area skyrocketed into the upper 90's on Thursday, a southwest wind off the cooler Atlantic waters kept much of Long Island in the 80's. It was excessively humid and uncomfortable, with heat index values in the low to mid 90's. However, most of the tri-state area away from the coast really sizzled with heat index values averaging 105-110 degrees.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that there will be extended hours at state swimming facilities and state parks beginning Friday and continuing through Saturday evening. The beaches at Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Hither Hills State Parks and Jones Beach will remain open until 8:30 p.m. The swimming pool at Jones Beach will also be open until 8:30 p.m.
Additional parks may offer extended hours. Check the parks department website, www.nysparks.com, to check availability.
An official heat wave is 3 days in a row with high temperatures of 90 degrees or higher. Parts the north shore of Long Island have already met that criteria this season and had an official heat wave. However, Islip airport has not had a 3 day stretch of 90 degree-plus heat yet this summer. That will likely change this week as we are expecting the hottest weather so far this summer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
We've enjoyed some gorgeous mid-summer weather on Long Island the past 2 days with sunny skies, warm temperatures, and low humidity. There's even been a refreshing breeze from time to time. That nice pattern lasts right into the first half of the weekend. So, if you like the summer temperatures but hate the summer humidity, you are in luck Saturday. We'll enjoy sunny skies, highs in the mid to upper 80's, and comfortable humidity levels.
Record high temperatures were set all across the tri-state area yesterday. The high heat and humidity even made sitting still seem like hard work! However, things begin to change today. Expect it to still be quite warm, but the lower humidity becomes more and more noticeable as we roll into late week. That means comfort levels go up! Dry and nice conditions can be expected into the upcoming weekend.
Temperatures reached record levels on Monday near the Mid 90's. An isolated thunderstorm is possible as a weak cold front moves overhead this afternoon. High pressure builds in behind the front bringing drier and cooler air onto the island tonight. Overnight lows still on the mild side near the lower 70's.
Wednesday will continue to be on the warm side, but a lot less humid. Highs are expected to top out in the upper 80's to low 90's under mostly sunny skies. This trend will remain into the weekend as high pressure holds steady over the Tri-State area.
A southwesterly wind flow provided uncomfortable weather throughout Long Island on Monday. Temperatures topped out near 90 with dew points in the upper 60s. Clear skies give way to clouds this evening as a weak low pressure approaches the Tri-State area. This disturbance could produce isolated storms late Monday night. Overnight lows near 70.
We enjoyed another beautiful summer day today with sunny skies and low humidity. Unfortunately with high pressure moving offshore winds will shift to a more southerly flow. This will result in warmer and more humid air throughout the tri-state area tomorrow. Tonight we will generally be in the upper 60's under partly cloudy skies.