Much like my bad boyfriends of yore, New York’s recent weather has been mercurial to say the least — ranging from blisteringly hot to early spring cold to hurricane-style winds and rain, all in the span of 10 days. Whatever could be the reason?! Anyway, today on this episode of As the World’s Weather Turns, we’re bracing ourselves for another scorcher, as Tuesday’s temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s with hazy humidity.
Hell’s Kitchen in particular will feel the heat, thanks to the neighborhood’s higher concentration of urban heat islands — found in areas of the city where taller buildings and fewer green spaces can raise local temperatures 15-20° higher than other parts of town.
But it won’t just be the West Side sweating it out, as the New York Times recently reported record-setting late-spring temperatures across the country with predictions of a hot summer ahead. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly climate trend report, April 2022 was tied with April 2010 as the fifth warmest global temperature since records began in 1880 (though it’s worth noting that some parts of North America actually had their coldest April since 2018, perhaps incorporating some of the up-and-down swings we experienced here on the Northeast).
The Farmer’s Almanac had a similar forecast, predicting that stormy weather would transition us from spring to summer (check), and that July through Mid-August would be brutally hot for most of the country.
The Gothamist reports that New York City’s temperatures will climb to 94 degrees, according to the latest estimates, two degrees shy of the hottest May 31 on record, which was recorded in 1939. The prediction is 27 degrees hotter than the average temperature for the last 30 years.
Some New York buildings hadn’t caught up to the trends however, as irritated tenants pleaded for a break from year-round radiators:
And in case you missed any of last week’s excitement, forecasters predicted the possibility of another strong set of storms by Wednesday:
But while it looks like we’re in for another wild week, at least for today the New York Metro Weather Rating says that the vibes are good. Live in the moment!!!