New York City Hot Weather

Anthony Behar

Oppressive Heat Hits Tri-State, Prompts Some Schools To Close Early

June 18, 2018 - 6:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Heat advisories were in effect as the Tri-State baked in temps that soared into the 90s Monday.

Students across the Tri-State also got a small taste of summer vacation as some area school districts closed early because of the expected oppressive heat.

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Districts including Mamaroneck, Jersey City, Bloomfield, Hackensack, Oakland, Paterson and Danbury will have an abbreviated schedule as heat advisories are in effect until 8 p.m.

The school superintendent in Mamamroneck said he made the decision to dismiss students early out of an abundance of caution because when temperatures climb into the 90s it can turn an old school building with no air conditioning into an oven.

"We have a limited number of classrooms that have air conditioning so it's really a matter of putting fans in the hallways. We have old buildings and after the heat of the weekend the buildings remain hot," Mamaroneck School Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps said.

This is the last week of school for Mamaroneck schools. An end-of-the-year picnic for elementary school students has been canceled and they will instead celebrate inside.

Althought Sunday's temperatures also hit the 90s, the problem Monday was higher humidity.

"High levels of humidity will only make it feel hotter across the region as AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures climb above 100 F," according to Accuweather.

"Yesterday we were able to deal with that 91 degrees pretty easily and today 90 to 95 will feel like it's closer to 100 because the humidity will be much higher through the afternoon," WCBS Chief Meteorologist Craig Allen said. "This doesn't hold true for the coast, the coast will obviously will somewhat lower with the wind off the ocean. Then some thunderstorms come around for the latter part of the day into tonight. Once that leaves we have much lower humidity for tomorrow. It's still warm, it's still up there it's in the upper 80s but much lower levels of humidity, too."

The rest of the week seems to be fairly normal with temperatures getting back down closer to 80 from Wednesday on, Allen said.