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Tri-State Area In The Grip Of More Hot And Humid Weather

Uncomfortable Temperatures Expected To Stick Around Until Sunday

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Hazy, hot and humid conditions continued across much of the Tri-State Area on Friday, prompting an air quality advisory.

An air quality health advisory was in effect for the five boroughs, New Jersey, Fairfield County and the southern part of the Hudson Valley until 11 p.m.

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As temperatures earlier in the day reached the 90s in several areas, the humidity made it feel like 95 degrees. It was slightly cooler at the beaches.

Arrigo Raho of Elizabeth, N.J. took his family to the beach in Belmar on Friday. Raho, originally from Italy, told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan the Jersey Shore has “The most beautiful beaches in the world. Well, the same as Italy.”

The heat is expected to continue through Sunday. There’s a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms on Sunday night or Monday.

Officials recommend staying indoors in the air conditioning, drinking water regularly, putting on sunscreen, wearing loose-fitting clothing and taking a cool shower or bath.

“The elderly and children are the most susceptible to heat stroke and exhaustion, although anyone can be affected,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said. “Hot, dry skin, an absence of sweat and a rapid and strong pulse, are all signs of heat stroke.”

For some folks, though, the high heat means a great day in the sun.

People began arriving early at Jones Beach, reported WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. They were equipped with all the necessities, including sunblock, cool drinks, and swimsuits, Xirinachs reported.

One woman told Xirinachs it was “perfect beach weather.”

Sunrise at Jones Beach - May 31, 2013 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Sunrise at Jones Beach – May 31, 2013 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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