how to stay cool

Temperatures topped 90 degrees for a fourth straight day in New York City on Monday, extending the city's heat wave.


The temperature in Central Park at 2:30 p.m. Monday was 95 degrees. With the humidity, it felt like it was around 100 degrees.

Temperatures also topped out at 96 degrees on Sunday, and they topped 90 on Friday and Saturday.

These are the hottest readings New York City has seen in two years. The highest temperature New York City saw in 2017 was 94 degrees.

The heat streak is being caused by an area of high pressure, which is pumping up hot and humid air, along with tropical moisture, coming from the south.

The city has slowly falling temperatures for the overnight hours. The low will be in the upper 70s and skies will be mostly clear.

Lows Tuesday are projected to be in the low 90s and it will again be steamy.

The temperature on the Fourth of July on Wednesday is expected to be 88 degrees, although there is a small chance of storms. There is a better chance of thunderstorms Thursday and Friday.

Temperatures are not expected to fall into the low 80s until Saturday.



Officials recommended that young children, and people who work or exercise outdoors, limit activity in the afternoon and evening.

People with respiratory diseases like asthma are also advised to be careful.


Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink fluids often, even if you do not feel thirsty.

Remember to check in on elderly neighbors and those with breathing issues.

Never leave a pet or a person in a car.

Avoid strenuous activity, especially between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cool down with water activities.

If you are looking for another way to cool off, city beaches are open. For more info, visit In addition, public pool hours are extended.

In addition to using public pools, state officials also suggest staying in an air-conditioned location for several hours, if possible.

Cooling centers are open through at least Monday. For a list of cooling centers around the five boroughs, call 311 or go online to


There were fewer than 900 Con Edison customers without power as of 11:27 p.m., but power issues are more likely in extreme heat.

Call 1-800 75CONED if your power goes out. See Con Edison's outage map to see the latest information on when power will return.

During any power outage, you are advised to:

  • Stay clear of downed power lines
  • Turn off all appliances
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food from going bad
  • Do not use generators indoors