What there is to know
- After Thursday marked NYC’s first heat wave of 2022, Friday sees pleasant mid-80s weather with lower humidity; the chance of a storm returns on Sunday and Monday, however, before another possible (and even longer) heat wave next week
- Isolated thunderstorms erupted again on Thursday, this time hitting Long Island, a day after intense cells slammed into small pockets of Ulster County late Wednesday, leaving thousands without power.
- More rain is actually needed in all three states, with some places experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to Storm Team 4’s drought monitor
New York City is having its first official heatwave of the summer – and there may be another just around the corner that’s hotter and even longer.
With Thursday being the third day in a row in the city where temperatures hit 90 degrees or more, this is the first heat wave of 2022. Thursday’s highs in the city reached 90 degrees by mid-afternoon, after hitting 91 on Wednesday and 90 on Tuesday. .
In addition to the heat, some tri-state residents again saw another round of isolated but intense thunderstorms in the evening. A strong, isolated storm triggered severe thunderstorm warnings for Suffolk County on Long Island around lunchtime, with downed trees and loss of power around the Selden and Lake Ronkonkoma areas. View the latest severe weather alerts here.
However, those isolated storm cells produced nothing like the buckets of hail that hit parts of New York so badly that it looked like heaps of snow were piling up in parts of Ulster County.
Wednesday evening’s thunderstorms mainly affected Ulster County, where more than 11,500 customers remained without power by mid-morning Thursday. In some parts of the country, people saw buckets of hail falling so quickly they piled into what looked like mounds of snow. Trees were also reported in Dutchess and Ulster counties, with Kingston particularly affected.
While some are still reeling from this destructive system, any rain for the tri-state area would be welcome, given that the area is starting to see “abnormally dry” conditions in places.
On Friday the weather is nicer with highs in the mid 80’s as the humidity drops a bit, and it looks like it will stay around that level for a few days. But the reprieve will be brief.
The sweltering humidity returns with a vengeance by Sunday, which should bring real high temperatures in the 80s as well as the threat of afternoon thunderstorms. Expect more unstable weather in the 80s and a storm on Monday – which could bring heavier and more widespread rains to the region, a help for the current drought conditions.
Current forecasts call for five straight days of temperatures of 90 degrees or more in Central Park starting Tuesday and continuing through the weekend, which would mark the city’s second heat wave in as many weeks. Stay with Storm Team 4 for the latest news.
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