Northeast braces for steamy weekend weather
NEW YORK—The Northeast braced Friday for a sweltering weekend, with many parts of the region under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings.
The temperature hit 98 degrees Friday at New York's LaGuardia Airport, tying a record set in 1959. Newark, N.J., hit 97, while the Boston and Hartford, Conn., areas were near the 90s. Philadelphia hit 95, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service issued a heat advisory on Friday for northern New Jersey and New York City, where temperatures are expected remain in the mid- to upper 90s through Sunday.
Humidity over the weekend "will be noticeable, but it won't be oppressive," said weather service meteorologist Dan Hofmann.
Boston should cool slightly to the low 90s this weekend while the humidity rises. Thunderstorms were also possible Friday night in parts of New England.
New Yorkers walking outside Penn Station on Friday seemed unfazed by the heat. Diane Mason, of Manhattan, was prepared for whatever happened, holding an umbrella and wearing sunglasses.
"I yield to it," Mason said. "I don't bother to get negative about it; I just protect myself."
Yves Agbre, 32, said he would head inside if the heat got to be too much. But he was more concerned about studying for a project management course examination.
"I don't care what the weather is; I'm just looking forward to the weekend," Agbre said.
Heat records weren't t likely to be set this weekend, unlike the official first day of summer, where records tumbled from New York City to Burlington, Vt.
Officials encouraged residents to avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of water and check up on the elderly.