NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Tri-State Area got what could be one final blast of summer with a mid-September scorcher on Wednesday.
The last time the city measured a temperature of 90 was back on Aug. 21.
At Orchard Beach in the Bronx on Wednesday, temperatures soared into the mid-90s.
“I heard the weather. It said 90s and I said beach,” Ada Vasquez of Pelham Bay told CBS 2′s Vanessa Murdock.
Scores hit the beach, hoping to soak up what may be the last 90-plus degree day of summer 2013, which official ends late next week.
“This is the end of it so you have to take advantage of it,” a beachgoer told Murdock.
The mercury skyrocketed more than 15 degrees above the norm, but it felt even hotter. During the day, the heat index felt like more than 100 degrees, Murdock said.
“Going to miss it absolutely. I could use another three months of it,” Denise Balliram told Murdock from her beach chair set in the ocean.
“I’m dreading the winter so I figure let me get as much heat as possible,” said another beachgoer.
If this last blast of summer isn’t for you, don’t worry. By this weekend, temperatures will be feeling very fall-like. For many, temperatures will struggle to get out of the 60s, Murdock reported.
A heat advisory was placed into effect for most of the Tri-State Area until 6 p.m. Wednesday, as the temperatures climbed well to the 90s and heat indices exceeded 100.
The heat advisory was in effect for the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and part of Dutchess counties, and much of northern New Jersey and western Connecticut.
The temperature read in at 94 degrees in Central Park as of just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. But the heat index made it feel like 103 to 105.
Those without air conditioning, as well as seniors and people with chronic health conditions, could be in danger from the heat, the NWS warned.
An air quality health advisory was also in effect for the area until 11 p.m.
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