In the words of my building's super this morning at around twenty after nine, "It's already f*cking hot out there." And indeed it is, which is great, except for one downside, which is that we're living under an air quality alert through tonight. If only those cyclists didn't cause all that traffic.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for New York City and the surrounding suburbs until 10 p.m. tonight, owing to the higher than normal quantity of ozone in the air today.

During the air quality alert, the state recommends that you put the kibosh on strenuous outdoor physical activity. In addition, the elderly, the very young and those with respiratory and heart problems should refrain from spending a lot of time outdoors.

And in case you were wondering just how hot it was, a record temperature for May 18th was already reached at Laguardia Airport just after 10 a.m. today: