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Forecast: Temperatures Return To Normal As Heat Wave Fades

Cute sea breeze front over Long Island as seen from GOES-16
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Cute sea breeze front over Long Island as seen from GOES-16 via College of DuPage NEXLAB

A cold front passed through the city last night, ending the second short heat wave of the year. But what a heat wave it was! Central Park tied a decades-old high temperature record on Monday, and LaGuardia turned in a scorching 101 degrees yesterday. You may not have noticed it with all the cold days in between, but the temperature has now hit at least 90 six times before Flag Day, something that hasn't happened since 2000.

The heat is gone and the air is quickly drying out, giving us a very pleasant afternoon with mostly sunny skies and a high near 80. High pressure will continue building into the area tonight, and tomorrow will again be sunny, with a high in the lower to mid 70s.

Look for the humidity, but not the excessive heat, to return on Friday and last through the weekend as the cold front reverses direction and returns as a slow-moving warm front. Friday should be cool and cloudy with perhaps a bit of rain and a high only in the lower 70s at best. Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be very muggy, with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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