epic_temps.jpgAn extreme and inexplicable heat wave hit the Upper West Side yesterday afternoon. Gothamist noticed it was getting very warm as we walked uptown from Lincoln Center. Stopping to take off our coat we spied the thermometer above the Rice Bowl on Broadway near 72nd Street. The 114 degrees unofficially smashes the city's all-time temperature record, breaking the 106 degree heat measured in Central Park on July 9th, 1936. Curiously, yesterday's official high temperature at Belvedere Castle only reached 51 degrees.

The heat wave is unlikely to return anytime soon. Today, with a high temperature approaching 50, will be the warmest day of the foreseeable future. New Year's Eve is looking really crappy. Look for rain, mixing with and changing to snow and temperatures in the mid-30s for most of the day. Bring a parka, a raincoat, and an umbrella to Times Square! Snow flurries will linger into Sunday. Little accumulation is expected in the city but New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley may see a couple of inches.