The eight day string of cool weather will go out in style today. The record high for Central Park for this date is 98 degrees set in 1923. High pressure over the Southeast will bring us really close to that record this afternoon. Not only will this heat be miserably humid, but the air quality is going to take a nose dive as ozone concentrations build during the day. To top it all off the summer solstice occurs at 7:09 this evening.

A repeat of the heat, humidity and gunky air is expected for the first full day of summer tomorrow. There's a good chance the record high of 97 degrees last set in 1988 will be broken. The usual hot weather advice applies: avoid the sun, drink plenty of water, wear light weight clothing, and generally just take it easy if you can.

Although Friday's high will again reach the 90s, that should be the last of the heat wave. A cold front is expected to pass through the city Friday afternoon or evening. That passage will bring at least some chance of showers or thunderstorms. More significantly it will usher in cooler air for the weekend. Saturday's high is expected to be in the mid 80s and Sunday's in the lower 80s.