NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City saw one of the hottest Oct. 18ths on record this Tuesday, as a week of unseasonably warm weather continues throughout the Tri-State.
A record high temperature of 82 degrees was set in Newark this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. This breaks the old record of 80 degrees set in 1964.
A record high of 83 was forecast for New York City.
The current record high for Central Park on Oct. 18 is 82 degrees. LaGuardia tied their record high of 81 degrees late Tuesday morning.
Temperatures were already in the 60s by the time most people started their day, CBS2’s Elise Finch reported. By 11 a.m., temperatures had already hit 74 degrees in Central Park — typically the normal high for May 29.
Many people held on to their jackets as they opted for a nice stroll in the sun Tuesday morning on the East Side at Central Park.
“This has been great, outside all day going to the park, walking around town, Matthew Weissman, of the Upper West Side, said. “It’s been the perfect day for us.”
“It’s amazing, absolutely glorious,” Australian tourist Zoe Poulso said. “It’s our first day in New York so we’re going to go to the park and walk around and have an amazing time.”
“I got my iced coffee and I’m wearing my cut-low pants and I’m ready,” one New Yorker told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.
As CBS2’s Elise Finch reported, the beach at Coney Island is officially closed for swimming, but some people just couldn’t resist.
“I’m a bookkeeper. I’m supposed to be locked up in an office somewhere, crunching numbers and posting stuff,” Tiffany Hernandez said.
Mindy said she and her husband were married at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden on an equally warm October day in 1989. They chose to enjoy Tuesday, at the beach.
“It’s very nice, calming and relaxing here,” she said.
Jaime Casanova planned an entire day of fun to make the most of the mid-October warm up.
“Get down to Coney Island, walk on the boardwalk. Stopped at Nathan’s already, and later we’ll go to Sheepshead Bay to Randazzo’s for my favorite Calamari,” he said.
Others weren’t as thrilled.
“I think it’s time for it to be a little bit more crisp and cool — you gotta take what you get,” another woman said.
New York City was nearly 20 degrees above the normal temperature Monday. The high in the city was 81 degrees. The normal this time of year is supposed to be 63.
The warm spell will be broken by the weekend, when temperatures are expected to drop back down to the low 60s.